ALFRED, NY (Aug. 26, 2016) – Blake Mayo, a firefighter in the Alfred Station department, will present “9-11 Looking Back 15 Years” at the first Bergren Forum of the 2016-17 academic year at Alfred University (AU). The lecture will be presented at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center on the AU campus.
Mayo has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years, serving in six different companies in three states. In recent years, he has been doing a series of stair-climbing events in memory of the 2,753 people, including 343 New York City firefighters, who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The events, which involve firefighters climbing 110 stories (the height of the fallen World Trade Center buildings) in full turn-out gear, which weighs 100 pounds including an air tank, also raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
A resident of Alfred Station, Mayo is married to Dr. Alexis Clare, professor of Glass Science at the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University.
The Bergren Forum series, sponsored by the Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, was begun by Rick Bergren, who taught at the University in the ’70s when he was inspired by learning of the gatherings that AU students in the 19th century were known to conduct in Alumni Hall to discuss community issues. After Bergren’s death in 1974, the University decided to continue the tradition in his name.