THE 9/11 PROMISE RUN FROM THE PENTAGON TO GROUND ZERO GETS A BOOST FROM NEW JERSEY FIREFIGHTERS
By David Bialas
Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9
At 5:00 AM on September 11, 2017, 27 runners from across the country departed from Trenton Fire Headquarters to complete the last day of their three day charity run from the Pentagon to Ground Zero.
The “9/11 Promise Run” is a 240 mile relay that is organized by Jennifer DePoto, who stated, “This run is an effort to honor the lives lost; the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage and the folks today that continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad; and for the children and families who were directly impacted by 9/11.”
While on their journey across the state, the runners were hosted by a number of firefighter unions belonging to the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association. Upon arriving in Trenton on the evening of September 10th, members of Trenton Firefighters Local 6 and Fire Officers Local 206 provided the runners with dinner and lodging.
During the early morning hours of September 11th, members of Lawrence Township Local 96 treated the runners to breakfast. Along the route, New Brunswick Firefighters Local 17 and Fire Officers Local 217, Rahway Firefighters Local 33 and Fire Officers Local 233, and Linden Firefighters Local 34 and Fire Officers Local 234 provided the runners with water stops. In the afternoon, members of Elizabeth Firefighters Local 9 provided lunch at Elizabeth Fire Headquarters before seeing the runners off to the Weekhawken Ferry, giving them their final sendoff as they headed to Ground Zero.