It’s been 20 years since the tragic 9/11 attacks, where 343 firefighters from the New York Fire Department lost their lives selflessly trying to save others.

 Since 2008, we have commemorated this day with a stair climb up the Sky Tower, to remember those fallen firefighters, and the 65 firefighters we have lost in the line of duty here in New Zealand.

 While a climb can’t go ahead this year on 11 September due to COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions, an online memorial service will be livestreamed from 9.30am, with the service starting at 10am, on Saturday 11 September. Alternative dates for the stair climb to go ahead are being considered.

 A Fire House in New York will tune into the livestream, and it will include the reading of the fallen firefighters’ names and tributes by representatives from the US and Aotearoa.

This is a time to remember and reflect. You can access the livestream here - link)

If you are commemorating in your own way, whether you’re on duty, or with your whānau, we encourage you to send in photos and any details to

 Watch the memorial trailer below.

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