Heroes of 9-11 Honored This Weekend in Local Stair Climb

By Brett Martin | bmartin@kolr10.com

Published 07/29 2014 06:26AM

Updated 07/29 2014 07:04AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Ozarks firefighters are remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice one September day almost 13 years ago.  The unique event takes place this weekend in Springfield.

It's a day in American history people will never forget - September 11th 2001. Thirteen years later, firefighters across the country climb stairs in honor of those who died.

With each step, firefighters across the U.S. are remembering the 343 brothers who died in the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. 

Nixa Fire Protection's Battalion Chief Adam Neff says they are gone, but never forgotten.  "Although we may not have been there that morning, we all still felt the impact."

Firefighters across the country hosts stair climbs, remembering those who died with 2,200 steps along the way.
"We will walk the equivalent stairs to that of the twin towers, so two laps starting at the first base side to the third base side," says Neff.

He says its a physically and emotionally tough day.   "We are symbolically carrying one of the 343 that was killed that day and we are finishing the climb that they were never able to finish."

Days before and thirteen years later.... the emotions still get to this firefighter.
"Other than you thinking about it, your mind, one foot in front of the other, and that guys picture hanging around your neck. "You are physically carrying this image of this guy.  You are dealing with people that was a brother, a son, is an uncle, so you are dealing with people that were doing a job that they were getting paid to do, love to do."
These events raise money to help the thousands of people left behind constantly reminded by the pain of the attack.
"They distribute the money to the FDNY counseling unit that provides counseling services to survivors of 9-11 and to also other fireman that were there cleaning that have also been affected by those tragic events," says Neff.

Early registration for the event has closed but the public is welcome to attend and help participate. You can register this Saturday at Hammons Field. 
Money raised through stair climbs around the country support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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