First Responders Climb 110 Stories For Authorities Killed On September 11th, 2001

News 9 - September 11, 2022 1:12 pm


First responders across Oklahoma held stair climbs in honor of those who rushed to help in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

One event in the metro raised money for families of hospitalized Oklahomans.

After more than 20 years, emotions still run high when September 11 rolls around.

“Our great nation lost 2,977 people that day,” John Linley said.

That day thousands of people died as highjacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and lastly in a field in Pennsylvania.

“There’s no question for me to help that memory live. See none of them really perished until they’re forgotten. So, we won’t forget,” OKC Assistant Fire Chief John Shrabel said.

That day marks the biggest loss of any fire department in US history.

343 firefighters in New York lost their lives.

First responders never made it to the top of the Twin Towers. Those climbing now said they’re finishing that climb for them.

Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and paramedics climbed the stairs of the Leadership Square and Oklahoma Tower in Downtown OKC.

Along the way are photos of people who lost their life reminding first responders to keep going.

“We have a lady in Lawton that her brother Peter Brennan was a firefighter in New York City he perished in the incident,” Capt. James Schneider said.

First responders said remembering Brennan and others is an honor.


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