On Sept 11, I participated the the 5th Annual Denver Memorial Stair Climb. 343 area fire fighters climbed the Qwest building. It is only 55 stories so we do it twice in full gear to equal the total of the WTC.
Each of us are issued an ID tag and photo of one of our fellow fire fighters that we lost that day. Since I am an organizer of the event, I am able to choose whom I climb for...and once again I chose Chief Downey. It was with great honor and pride that I carried him with me this year.
I can not image your loss, but I thought of you greatly this day. We remember and will never forget. I just wanted to let you know that we think of all of you and will never forget. I have had the opportunity to meet several different members of your family at different events through my father (Garry Briese) and carry in my fire helmet a memorial card that you gave to me.
Much love and respect,