The annual North Dakota 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb took place at the State Capitol this morning to honor the New York City Fire Department.
Those taking part, paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives, by climbing what would equal the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Not only firefighters showed up, but people of all backgrounds and ages came to represent and honor the lives that were lost.
Wife of Jamestown Rural Fire Department Firefighter, Nicole Lemiux says, “I ended up shedding my coat and helmet about 10 or 11 floors up the second time. It’s hot you are sticky but it’s nothing compared to the guys who have air-packs on. I have seen a couple caring babies on their back. I mean anybody and everybody is doing it to remember the fallen firefighters.”
This annual stair climb also serves as a fundraiser and this year they’ve already raised over $7,000 to support families of the nation’s fallen firefighters.
Volunteer from the Jamestown Rural Department added, “If anyone is out there watching and you go I can’t do that, you can. It’s important, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s not a race, it’s not about who can do it the fastest, it’s about coming here supporting everyone and #neverforget.”