TULSA, Okla. — More than a dozen firefighters and police officers braved the elements Friday to honor the lives of the first responders killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
The pandemic has changed how firefighters are doing their annual memorial climb but they are still honoring the lives of those who died.
A small group of firefighters and police officers walked up and down a hill 12 times.
Organizers of the annual stair climb said it’s equally as important to remember the 343 firefighters who died 19 years ago. Along with the hill climb, firefighters will do a climb “virtually” at local gyms, bleachers at football stadiums, the Tulsa fire drill tower and other spots around town.
“This event had such a profound event on so many lives that no matter what the challenges were we felt like it was important to honor their sacrifice,” said Matt Lay with the Tulsa Fire Department.
The climb is the way they push themselves remembering the first responders who died and realizing what may be asked of them on any given day.
“Thinking about this could be the last time we give our families those last hugs and last kisses," said Tulsa Fire District Chief Julie Lynn. "Thinking of those individuals in New York that they actually did that and didn’t get to see their families again.”
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