Locals climb stairs in memory of fallen Firefighters
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Community members and firefighters from around the region put one foot in front of the other as they climbed the steps at the Sun Trust building downtown.
Each person representing two people who lost their lives trying to rescue those trapped in the World Trade Center on September 11th.
"It's very important. It drives your heart knowing to go further, not only climb stairs in their honor, but to wake up the next day and put on the uniform and do the work they can't do anymore because they made the ultimate sacrifice," said Chadd Nichols, Chattanooga Firefighter.
These firefighters strapped on their gear, to climb 110 flights of stairs leading to a place some were never able to reach.
"My legs are starting to get numb, but I have muscle memory down. We know what we need to do to get the job done," said Nichols.
No matter the pain, or fatigue, they're not giving up. They're going to finish.
"It's not as easy task, but the job isn't easy. The job overall, no matter what we do is not an easy job," said Nichols.
It's all for those who only made it to the 70th floor of the World Trade Center.
"In New York that's the flight they made it on when they started going to work before it fell. It's going to be emotional to keep going further than that knowing what happened means a lot," said Nichols.
343 firefighters, 13 years later, were finally able to make it to the top.
"We carry their names," said Nichols. "We carry them to the top."
“Unfortunately they didn't get to make it, so we're going to take them the rest of the way for them," said Nichols.
All of the money raised at the event went to the national Fallen Firefighter Foundation.
More than 130 firefighters and community members participated.