The parachute team had the honor of parachuting into the opening ceremonies of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in San Diego on September 7, 2014. Hosted by the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, thousands of people, including whole Fire Houses, registered to climb from the ground level to the top floor 3 times equaling the 110 levels of the Twin Towers in New York City.
From the San Diego Stair Climb Website:
WHY WE CLIMB
"Each year, approximately 100 firefighters die while serving their communities. Many more die from cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, stroke, and other injuries and illnesses suffered as a result of their service.
But we can work together to honor these sacrifices and care for the firefighters who assume these risks and the families who share them.
Join this living memorial on September 7th, 2014 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront for the 13th anniversary commemoration of 9/11. Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel, and Civilians will join together in a spirit of remembrance and courage to honor the memories of those lost 13 years ago.
Teams of Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military and civilians will climb 110 floors the same number as in the twin towers- and each will climb in the name of a fallen Emergency Responder whose life was lost on that day.
We will climb in the memory, and honor of the 343 FDNY Brothers, 23 NYPD Brothers and Sisters, and 37 Port Authority Brothers and Sisters, and to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by firefighters everywhere.
Funds raised will benefit FirefighterAid (formerly the San Diego Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund,) the 501(c)(3) charity which cares for Firefighters and families through sickness, distress, and death."
After a warm welcome, an invocation, a fly over by a Fire Rescue Helicopter, the 3 man jump team exited their aircraft from 3000 feet above the ground. From the helmet of L. Barbiero, here is the actual jump...