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Firefighters Honor By Climbing

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A tradition to honor the firefighters who died responding to the attacks of 9-11 was taken up today at the Minot Air Force Base.

Back in 2005, a group of firefighters in Colorado walked up 110 flights of stairs -- the same found in one of the destroyed World Trade towers...and that tradition has spread across the country.

This was the first year for the base department to join in...and they started at the moment the first tower was struck -- 12 years to the minute...

These were the first steps taken this morning.

The five young men who were honoring the 243 firefighting brothers who perished 12 years ago were kids in school then...but they say 9-11 certainly left a lasting mark on them.

They climbed today on a bright blue morning...nearly the same as in New York more than a decade ago.

The five men were fully packed, with upwards of 65 pounds of gear...similar to what their fire fighting brothers wore that tragic morning.

(SSgt. Jevon King - MAFB Fire Dept. Health and Safety Officer) "Every step you take, especially when you are close to the end and you are tired, but those brave men who did the job...and this is our job we have to do. I think every step they do today will be one that they remember."

King says he hopes to make this an annual ceremony in the region -- hopefully bringing together other departments as well.

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