Drexel Heights Firefighter to receive UAMC hero award | Community Spirit
A Drexel Heights Fire District firefighter will be honored by UAMC at their annual Heroes’ Day-Southern Arizona First Responders event in October.
Daniel Cramblit will be recognized for “his outstanding service and commitment to community improvements” this is according to Christina Geare of UAMC.
Cramblit was selected for the honor based on his efforts to create a community event that honors and remembers the first responders who were lost on September 11, 2001.
It all began in 2012, when he organized the ‘Climb 4 the Fallen’ event, which is the only one of its kind in Tucson and in Arizona.
This event has firefighters wearing complete turnout gear (that weighs on average 70 pounds) and climbing 110 stories. According to a Drexel Heights news release while wearing the full gear makes the event extremely physically demanding, it is important as it represents what the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Firefighters would have experienced on 9-11. Proceeds from the benefit the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.
The first event was so successful that Cramblit organized a second ‘Climb 4 the Fallen’ event for 2013, to be held on September 15. 343 firefighters will again don gear and climb 110 stories at the Emporis or Great Western Way Bank (a high-rise building at 5151E. Broadway). The 110 stories is symbolic as well, it represents the 110 stories of the Twin Towers.
According to the Drexel Heights news release, Cramblit completed his firefighting credentials in 2010, is still a new member of the Drexel Heights Fire District. He spearheaded the 2012 "Climb 4 the Fallen" event during his probationary year. So this community tribute was arranged by an amazing Firefighter who is at a very early stage in his career but already so connected to the firefighting brotherhood and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Firefighter Cramblit has brought Arizona Firefighters and the public together for a day of reflection so that the public may never forget what was given up on September 11, 2001.