“It’s little things like this that make you stop and think. We walked by and it took us a second to realize this Cherokee County firefighter was walking the flights of stairs as all of the firefighters did on 9/11. Major respect to whoever this man is.”
When Love What Matters shared this touching post on September 11 last year, we had no idea the outpouring of support and similar, heartfelt stories we’d receive of firefighters and first responders showing their respect by doing the same, all across the country. Many of them visiting their local gym donning their full gear, to climb 110 flights on the Stairmaster machines, all in honor of the fallen heroes. The 110 flights of stairs are symbolic of the 110 flights the firefighters climbed on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center.
The comments we received on our post were remarkable and inspiring, ranging from groups banding together to climb the stairs as a team, or individuals choosing to do this completely on their own in solidarity and remembrance of those lost that day.
“This past Saturday I was so proud to climb 110 flights with these amazing firefighters to remember those we lost to benefit fallen firefighters,” Jocelyn Swanick shared.
“My favorite firefighter did this today along with others at the base he’s deployed to,” Sarah Keller wrote.
“24 Hour Fitness, Rhonert Park, California. Mad respect for ALL our firefighters, first responders and law enforcement,” said Lesa Underwood-Snook.
“My hubby did too. 110 flights,” Lesley Curtis Lambert sahred. “He’s a first responder and a Desert Storm veteran. I couldn’t be more proud of him and his brothers and sisters in the fire service.”
This year, 17 years after the fatal attacks, the tradition continues. Never forget.
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) September 11, 2018
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
The Cleveland Fire Department participated in the annual Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The event raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and pays tribute to the 343 FDNY firemen who lost their lives on 9/11. #911Anniversary #911Neverforget #clevelandtn pic.twitter.com/gDHRuIw3cX
— Cleveland_TN (@Cleveland_TN) September 11, 2018
— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) September 11, 2018
Firefighters from around Northen California are getting ready for 9/11 Memorial Climb. 110 stories climbed, men and women in full gear wearing the name of a fallen fire fighter @FOX40 #911Neverforget pic.twitter.com/YhHbuHc2in
— Pedro Rivera (@PedroRiveraTV) September 11, 2018
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
#NeverForget the loved ones & first responders we lost on 9/11#SanAntonio firefighters & residents will climb 110 flights of stairs at the Tower of the Americas to honor the 343 firefighters, 70 police officers & 9 EMS personnel who died at ground zero https://t.co/0N3WtIQZxA
— Mayor Ron | Wear a mask! 😷 (@Ron_Nirenberg) September 11, 2018
— knoxnews (@knoxnews) September 11, 2018
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