DULUTH, MN– On the 18th anniversary of September 11, the Duluth Fire Department paid tribute to New York firefighters by having a memorial stair climb at the Duluth YMCA.
To honor the 343 firefighters who died while saving others, Duluth firefighters started with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the same time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was attacked.
They then climbed the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center on a stair climber.
Two firefighters at a time climbed for 45 minutes, each dressed in full response gear, just like firefighters did on September 11.
Donations were collected and will go directly toward the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund, that money provides a service every year in Colorado Springs.
Those who participated said it’s a way to pay their respects and raise awareness for fallen firefighters.
“It’s just a small way for us to take some time out of our day, put ourselves kind of into that mindset, especially as firefighters,” said Andrew Olson. “And, think about what those people went into and what they had to of been thinking knowing that they were most likely going to their death.”
11 members from the Duluth Fire Department participated.
This memorial stair climb is hosted nationwide, but it’s the first time this event has happened in Duluth.