Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

NC first responders participate in 110 floor climb in honor of 9/11

NC first responders participate in 110 floor climb in honor of 9/11

Community members gathered at San Angelo Stadium for Team Red White and Blue's annual "Stair Climb", which honors lives lost on 9/11. It is done as a way to honor and remember those firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel who died that day.

Crews climb 110 floors, the height of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, in full structural firefighting gear.

"Everybody here has a story of where they were on 9/11", Catron said.

Teachers say when students participate in the stair climb, they leave with a new appreciation and understanding for that historic day. The event got noticed nationally and fire departments in other cities began having their own climbs.

The Stair Climb is not a timed race event.

"The fire service made a promise to never forget". Fairbanks climbed in memory of Eastland Firefighter Greg Simmons who was killed in a wildfire in Eastland County on April 15, 2011. The four-fives were sounded Monday during a ceremony to remember firefighters killed during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The 9-11 Stair Climbs are organized to "ensure that the fallen firefighters of September 11 are never forgotten", according to the organization that says the group completes their journey through dedication, training and physical fitness.

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