OKLAHOMA CITY – September 11th, 2001 is a date hard to forget. Terrorist attacks devastated America and thousands of innocent lives were taken.
To recognize the victims and hundreds of New York firefighters killed on that frightful day, crews from Oklahoma and Texas are coming together to climb more than 100 floors.
“Let’s do this 343 for them. That’s 110 man. Let’s do this,” said Joe Russell with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
This year marks 13 years since 9/11.
“We just don’t want anyone to ever forget. Not just the people who died, the firefighters, the police, just all the heroes that went above and beyond to save innocent people,” said Josh Reason with the Yukon Fire Department.
For the 3rd year in a row, firefighters in our state are hosting a stair climb at the First National Building in Downtown Oklahoma City.
Crews are walking up 110 floors, which is the same amount as one of the Twin Towers.
“There’s still a passion in the fire service and to know that they’re going to be completing the assignment that the man that they’re climbing for didn’t get to on 9/11,” said Russell.
The firefighters will wear 50 pounds of gear as they climb 110 floors.
This year, all 343 firefighters killed on 9-11 will be represented by Oklahoma and Texas crews, each wearing a name tag with their fallen brothers names on it.
With each tiring step, this is a way to honor their fallen comrades in a unique way.
“What a tragic day that was. It was one of the worst days for Americans, but it can be turned around to be one of the best days, because of the resilience of our people,” said Reason.
The Oklahoma City 9/11 stair climb is on Saturday, September 6th.
The opening ceremony is at 8:00 a.m. at Leadership Square.
For more information visit www.okcstairclimb.com