QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson, Gympie firefighter Rob Frey (centre) and Tairo firey Leon Colbert.
QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson, Gympie firefighter Rob Frey (centre) and Tairo firey Leon Colbert.

Rob's all fired up for run

GYMPIE firefighter Rob Frey will venture 7,400km on foot across America in a moving tribute to the 411 emergency services personnel who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Station officer Frey and Taigum’s senior firefighter Leon Colbert will join 14 other Australians on the Tour of Duty Run which will begin on August 12 and continue for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they reach their destination in New York City, on the morning of September 11.

Almost 3000 people lost their lives on the morning of the World Trade Centre attacks and firefighters and emergency service workers of America and Australia will come together to remember 411 fallen colleagues. The runners will also use the opportunity to acknowledge the work of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and emergency service organisations across the world and the everyday commitment they make by risking their lives for the safety of others.

“I’m very proud...to be chosen to be part of the Australian team,” Mr Frey said yesterday from Brisbane after the official farewell from Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Lee Johnson. There was a selection process and I had to meet a certain criteria – mine and Leon’s (applications) were lucky enough to rise to the top. Stn officer Frey will head off this weekend to Sydney where he will run the Sydney to Surf race on Sunday.

“It’s an opportunity for the Australian team to get together and have a training run. From there we have a farewell launch on Monday where we will be making an appearance on national television to promote the cause and have a farewell lunch with our patron the (former prime minister) John Howard.”

Anybody interested in following the journey or donating to the cause go to www.tourofduty.com.au

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