343 firefighters lost their lives in the September 11th attacks 15 years ago.

Sunday, the Chattanooga Memorial Stair Climb teams will honor and remember the firefighters who gave their lives so that others might live.

The stair climb in the Scenic City is just a few years old. Organizers say they've decided not to hold the event on 9/11 so participants wouldn't have to compete with surrounding stair climbs such as Nashville and Atlanta.

Each person pays tribute to a New York City firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

Battalion Chief, Lesley Morgan with the Chattanooga fire department remembers the moment when she learned her brothers were lost 15 years ago. It's why she's formed a team for this year's 9-11 memorial stair climb.

"It’s really just remembering those who gave their all that day did it stop they kept going so we should be able to also,” Morgan said.

Her team name is "Female Faction,” they're they only female firefighters in this year's climb.

"Faction it could be taking a lot of ways but it's basically just a small group within a larger group that's different and that would be us where females,” Morgan explained.

They say firefighters never go in alone, and this stair climb is no different.    
With the event just days away these women train together. With 100 pounds of gear, through the pain, and the fatigue, these women remember the men who only made it to the 70th floor.

"They didn't get to think about if they were out of breath they had to do it anyways so I’m just going to think about that if I get out of breath I didn't get a choice so I’m just going to keep going,” Jordan Carroll said.
None of the firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th were women, but that doesn't matter to this team. They will carry the names to the top, for those who never made it down.

The stair climb benefits to support the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. To find out how you can support visit their website.