OKLAHOMA CITY – Wednesday marks 12 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated America.
In honor of the 343 New York firefighters who lost their lives, on Saturday morning, hundreds of firemen from around the metro will climb more than 100 floors to honor the fallen heroes.
It’s been more than a decade since 9/11; the images still painful and frightening, thousands of innocent lives, including first responders, killed in vicious terrorist attack.
Still 12 years later, a nation hasn’t forgotten, and here in Oklahoma, local firefighters will honor their fallen comrades in a unique way.
“As firefighters you face hard every day, the impossible just takes us a little bit longer,” said Joe Russell, a firefighter.
The stair climb will take place at the First National Building in Downtown Oklahoma City, each wearing a tag honoring and remembering one of the 343 New York firefighters, who were killed.
Each fireman will wear 50 pounds of gear, a grueling task, but nowhere near the battle their fallen brothers must have experienced.
“You think about that guy and what he went through and the stress of panic,” said Reason.
The firemen will climb 110 floors, the same amount as one of the Twin Towers.
It’s their way of commemorating a somber anniversary and never forgetting the victims of 9/11.
“Something so tragic that has affected and shaped our history, this is a little piece that we can give back with,”said Josh Reason, a firefighter.
The 9/11 stair climb opening ceremony is set for Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at Leadership Square.
The actual climb will be inside the First National Building at 120 North Robinson.
All proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and FDNY.