Speaker removed from Union City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

(Source: Pexels/Anna Shvets)
(Source: Pexels/Anna Shvets)

UNION CITY, Tenn. (KBSI) – The Union City Fire Department has removed one of the scheduled speakers from the Union City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Discovery Park of America after reports that one of the speakers had lied about his involvement in the 9/11 events.

The Union City Fire Department received reports that August Johansen had “misrepresented his curriculum vitae” which included false claims about involvement with the events of 9/11.

“We are saddened and embarrassed by this development which detracts from what is a heartfelt tribute to the firefighters lost in the attack on the World Trade Center, and a fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a worthy cause,” said Union City Fire Chief Karl Ullrich. “We’re in a part of the country known for cornfield and not skyscrapers. We are able to host a special 9/11 memorial at Discovery Park of America, a world-class museum and heritage park. It’s a unique opportunity for a town as small as our, and we will continue with our plans to remember and honor our big-city brothers in New York.”

Climbers at the Union City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb with ascend the 11-story tower at Discovery Park of America 10 times in full gear to simulate the effort required of New York firefighters in the World Trade Center towers.

The Union City Stair Climb is in its fourth year and is a local fundraiser to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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