‘It took us a second to realize this firefighter was walking the flights of stairs as all the firefighters did on 9/11. It’s little things like this that make you stop and think.’

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“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.

"It's little things like this that make you stop and think. We walked by and it took us a second to realize this…

Posted by Love What Matters on Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

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