Firefighters from all over the county come to honor 9/11 first responders with stair climb

- Step by step, floor by floor, these firefighters are following in the footsteps of those first responders who gave their all on 9/11.

Firefighters, police and EMS from all over the country came to Duke Energy to do this climb in honor of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officer and 10 emergency medical technicians that died while saving others.

"For brother firefighters to remember them. That's the big thing, remembering and not letting their sacrifice go in vain," Bill Price said.

Before they went up, they said the name of the first responders they were honoring on the climb and rang a bell.

They'll climb 110 floors. Duke energy only has 50 so they will be going up and down twice and then adding the last 10 floors. So they can climb the same height as the World Trade Center.

Many of them carrying their full gear, that can weigh around 50-75 pounds.

It's a tough climb but while this isn't a real fire call for them they keep in mind that for those firefighters on 9/11, the job wasn't over when they reached the top.

“We’re able to do it like those guys did on September 11th, you know make it 110 floors and still go to work," Pineville Fire Chief Michael Gerin.

It's an opportunity to have closure.

"We are going to finish their climb on September 11, and that's why we do this," Huntersville Firefighter Bill Suthard said.

To keep the brotherhood and memory alive not just of those who died on 9/11 but those who gave their all right here, like Richard sheltra.

"I’ve done this event a lot of year and it's always meant a lot for me. To remember the 343, to remember those who came before us but this give us a wonderful reason to wake up in the morning and an excuse to remember him,” Gerin said.

All the money raised will go to the National Fallen Firefighter’s foundation to help the children of those fallen brothers.

"You don't always remember that the brotherhood is still alive but if you don't believe in it look around here there are 500 reasons that is still alive and well," Gervin said. 

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