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Scottdale VFD firefighters race to create tribute

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Rulli Jr. of Scottdale, a volunteer firefighter with Scottdale VFD, hangs a flyer at Scottdale VFD Central Station advertising an upcoming 5K race to raise funds for the fallen heroes of 9/11 and Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department.
Evan R. Sanders | The Independent-Observer
John Rulli Jr. of Scottdale, a volunteer firefighter with Scottdale VFD, hangs a flyer at Scottdale VFD Central Station advertising an upcoming 5K race to raise funds for the fallen heroes of 9/11 and Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department.

With the help of a reorganized ladies auxiliary, Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department will hold a new type of fundraiser this fall that will not only help its cause, but also that of the Fallen Heroes organization.

On Sept. 11, in memory of first responders who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks 12 years ago, the department will host its first Fallen Heroes 5K run/walk event.

Bob Close, president of the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, said Stephanie Rulli and Tina King, who had been part of the previous ladies auxiliary, approached the department with the idea about a month ago.

“We thought it was a good idea and told them to go ahead with it,” he said.

Rulli, who participates in 5Ks around the area, said she thought a race would be a good fundraiser for the department.

“We didn't want to do anything on a weekend because a lot of us work on weekends, so we were looking for something during the week. I noticed that Sept. 11 was on a Wednesday this year,” she said.

As Rulli and King began planning the event, they felt it would be a great time to reorganize the ladies auxiliary.

As part of the planning, Rulli said they decided to have the race benefit the department and the Fallen Heroes Fund.

“The guys loved the idea of supporting the Fallen Heroes Fund,” she said.

The race will begin at 7 p.m. at Scottdale Fire Hall on Porter Avenue. Rulli said that by the time the race is over, it will be getting dark. Luminaries will light the course, and a ceremony will be held by firemen in honor of Sept. 11.

Rulli said they plan to advertise the event on iplayoutside.com, and they're hoping to get at least 200 participants.

“If it's successful, we want to make this an annual event,” she said.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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