RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) - The City of Richmond's Department of Fire and Emergency Services hosted its third annual "Richmond 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb" Sunday to honor our fallen brothers from Sept. 11, 2001. Firefighters and individuals from around the state climbed 22 flights of stairs five times to honor those firefighters in New York who climbed the 110 story twin towers.
All firefighters had the option to start in full turnout gear and carry equipment, just as their fire service brothers did that morning, or wear their work uniforms or gym clothes and simply walk in tribute to the fallen firefighters.
"The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are a tremendous way to honor those heroes by completing the symbolic climb that they could not finish," said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. "These climbs are also a way to let the families know that the legacies of their loved ones are remembered by so many in the fire service."
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are inspired by stair climbs that first took place in Denver in 2005. Five Colorado firefighters gathered at a high-rise in the city to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their 343 FDNY brothers. Word spread throughout the Denver area fire departments and by 2007, more than 100 firefighters wanted to participate. Interest continued to increase each year and was capped at 343 in 2008.
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