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LCC Fire Academy Instructor to Run in New York City Race Honoring 9/11 First Responders

September 8, 2015

LANSING, MICH. - A fire instructor from the Regional Fire Training Center at Lansing Community College (LCC) will represent the State of Michigan in the Tunnel to Tower 5K Run and Walk in New York City on September 27.

Nicole Kitson is one of two first responders selected by the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund to run in the race that honors those who laid down their lives to save others on 9/11. Kitson was selected along with Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Behrend based on their daily service to the people of Michigan and local communities through their work.

"It's a great honor and I'm excited to go and represent Michigan," says Kitson, who also works as a firefighter and paramedic for the East Lansing Fire Department. "This is my career field. I have so much respect for the firefighters and first responders involved in 9/11 and am proud to represent what we do."

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund will recognize Kitson and Behrend at a small ceremony following the fund's fifth annual 5K run and walk on Sept. 12 in Lansing's Old Town. Kitson will also be participating in the Lansing race.

"We look forward to sending Nicole and Brian to New York to represent our great state," says Megan Henriksen, executive director of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund. "We encourage everyone to join us in Lansing's Old Town on Sept. 12 to send them off with our support."

Kitson has taught at LCC for three years and has been a firefighter for the City of East Lansing for close to four. She says she originally didn't set out to become a firefighter, and had attended Davenport University to study business. After earning her bachelor's, Kitson says she felt the urge to do something different. She got a job with the DeWitt Township Fire Department, completed her fire training and EMS certifications, and started her career in firefighting.

"I love what I do and I love sharing my knowledge and experience with others so they can become firefighters, too," Kitson says. "To me, this race is all about the people who sacrificed their lives doing the job, and being there for people in their time of need."

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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