Nebraska stair climb honors firefighters killed on 9/11

by Jared Lewis September 13, 2017, 0:07
Nebraska stair climb honors firefighters killed on 9/11

CAL FIRE SLO and Templeton Firefighters climbed more than 2,500 stairs, equivalent to the 110 flights of stairs first responders climbed in the Twin Towers 16 years ago.

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the attacks when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.

It honors the 343 firefighters who died that day.

Although it was a lot of work climbing the stairs, afterwards most people had smiles on their faces glad they were able to do it.

At 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times each tower fell, every firefighter activated their distress alarms, climbers stopped their ascent and taps was played, followed by a moment of silence.

The intent is to make sure Americans will "never forget" the tragedy of 9/11. Fairbanks climbed in memory of Eastland Firefighter Greg Simmons who was killed in a wildfire in Eastland County on April 15, 2011.

This year's event raised over $63,000 for family support programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The climb was among 15 memorial climbs held that day across the country and among more than 30 that'll be held through Monday, which is the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attack.

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