Firefighters marked the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the US with tributes to the 343 firefighters who died.
Video footage and images on Tuesday showed first-responders wearing their gear, including the self-contained breathing apparatus, while climbing up different types of stairs to simulate the 110-flight World Trade Center.
Firefighters across the nation marked the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the US with touching tributes to the victims, 343 of whom were fellow firefighters.
Video footage and images on Tuesday showed the first-responders wearing their gear, including the self-contained breathing apparatus, while climbing various types of stairs to simulate the actions of first-responders on the scene that day.
The concept isn’t new — firefighters have previously memorialized the victims by simulating the daunting 110-flight climb up the World Trade Center in full gear, some on stationary stair machines at the gym.
This year was no different as first-responders were once again simulating the climb. Video of a couple firefighters at a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia went viral. The footage showed them operating stair climbers while wearing some 45 pounds of firefighting gear.
“They started at 8:46 am,” a Facebook user wrote in an uploaded video. “Two firefighters at my gym walking all 110 stories of the World Trade Center and back down in remembrance of 9/11 and to honor all the fallen heroes.”
Here’s the Austin Fire Department in Texas:
PHOTOS: Firefighters with @austinfiredept honor those who died on 9/11 with a memorial stair climb https://t.co/AT4UnSmfPG pic.twitter.com/k6WUQpmrXS
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) September 11, 2018
Missouri’s Fire Service:
Thank you Missouri’s Fire Service for participating in today’s State Fire Marshal’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. There is no stronger way of honoring the heroes lost on 9/11 than by raising money to support the survivors of fallen firefighters. #WeWillNeverForget pic.twitter.com/TcnCxhW5L1
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) September 8, 2018
Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service in Alabama:
Today several first responders participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. They climbed the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center and represented the 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement, and 8 EMS who were killed that day, September 11, 2001. #neverforget pic.twitter.com/35G82H6Fo8
— TuscaloosaFireRescue (@T_Town_Fire) September 11, 2018
Firefighters in North Dakota:
Today we pay tribute to those who ran into the heart of danger and gave their lives to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. Honored to help kick off the North Dakota 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this morning at the Capitol with 100-plus firefighters and others climbing for a great cause. pic.twitter.com/yl1bH6bJHG
— Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford (@BrentSanfordND) September 11, 2018
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