Across the state firefighters everywhere climber a total of 110 flights of stairs in tribute to the hundreds of emergency responders that died in the horrific terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001. We don’t have to elaborate much on the incident, as to this day it is one of the most horrendous attacks that a terrorist organization has committed on the US.
And even though we lost countless people, good people that day. We see through actions such as these that we are now stronger than ever before. That we were shaken but not broken on that day. The people that laid their lives on that day, they live on in us through our actions and how we choose to remember them. Something that terrorist can’t take away from us.As we’ve already mentioned, many firefighters across the state came together to show respect to their fallen comrades. Some of them took part in a march that started at 8:46am at the very moment when the hijacked plane of American Airlines crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center 17 years ago. Whereas the 110 set of stairs symbolize the number of floors, the building had. Most of these climbs are an annual thing among the firefighter community. This is their way of keeping the memory of all the fallen heroes with them over the years.Alexander Liczesky and Timothy Solder, two recruits of the Houston Fire Department in Georgia were seen doing the 110 climb.
After someone uploaded a picture of the two online, the story went viral. Understandably, the firefighting department never really televised this event as it wasn’t for the views of other people. But rather it was for their own sense of morality. A way of keeping those they respect close to their hearts. The individual that shared their pick was Chelsea Renee Farmer on Tuesday.
It all went down in a Planet Fitness in Warner Robins, Georgia. There firefighter recruits Liczesky, Solder, and McKayla Conner started their climb at 8:46 am. Farmer just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Seeing the tribute Farmer was overwhelmed with numerous feelings at the same time.”I felt filled with pride for my country. Coming from a military family and having a family member who had served and gave his life fighting for our freedom, seeing this hit me hard…
It was an extraordinary moment, one that I will never forget, and I’m so glad I got to witness it. It makes me proud to be an American.”In 2016, a Plane Fitness employee in Tennessee, Marville, saw a similar scene and decide to capture this breathtaking moment. There it was the Fairview city’s firefighter Jason Harding making the climb. Another similar sight was seen at Gold’s Gym Linglestown in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. The Gym even reserved their machines for the expected stair climbers. On top of that, the tribute was used to fund “Tuesday’s Children.” A charity dedicated for all the victims of 9/11, aiming to offer them as much support as possible.
One Dylan Landuyt came for the climb in full firefighting gear.Even though we are introduced to just a picture of the climb, you can still feel something deep in your heart. Seeing the people that we count on when times get rough sending such a message makes one genuinely proud to be a citizen of this state. Not only do we have such competent people to relay on but them having this insane moral resolve is, in one word, remarkable.
And it is not just the firefighting department that has taken this climb. In San Antonio, all sorts of emergency responds including the police department, climbed the Tower of the Americas Building twice while wearing all of their gear. This climb has been deemed the San “Antonio 110 9/11 Climb,” and according to records since 2001 it has been done a total of six times. Following is a picture taken of the sixth annual Climb. Whereas firefighters in Colorado joined together to march on the Manitou Incline hiking trail. You can have a look through this link. For those that haven’t been on the Manitou Incline hiking trail, it has an elevation of around 2000 feet. So going on a march, there is nothing to take lightly.
This climb/march took place on Tuesday as well just like the rest of the 110 climbs.
Whereas 2300+ people from more than 26 states climbed the staircase at the Red Rock Amphitheatre near Denver. They did that nine times so that they could emulate the number of steps in the World Trade Center Tower. If you have been noticing, not only are these climbs quite difficult on their own but almost every individual involved here is making sure to keep all of their equipment on them at all times along with their uniforms. Now if you can’t comprehend on your own let us fill the role of captain obvious. That means a lot of additional weight that they have to carry all the way. So in no way, this is a fun or easy task to do.
Firefighters in Sacramento also played their part. It was there that they climbed the staircase of the Renaissance Tower. They also placed the names of the fallen responders at the top of the building in their honor. According to Eric Guida, captain of the Sacramento Fire Department who traveled to New York after the attack of 9/11 to help with the efforts;
“Today is about memory…we lost 343 brothers in a single day.”
For us, those were the brave individuals that gave their lives serving their country and the people in it, but for these firefighters, they were even more than that. They were their friends, they were their mentors, they’re partners, they’re buddies, and they’re family. So this day, these brave individuals don’t mourn the loss of their loved ones, but rather they remember the birth of hundreds of heroes.