By ALLEN MINCEY
There were 343 firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack of the Twin Towers in New York City, and the Cleveland Fire Department wanted to honor their …
There were 343 firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack of the Twin Towers in New York City, and the Cleveland Fire Department wanted to honor their fallen brothers by participating in a special event held this past week in Nashville.
The eighth annual 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb was held Sept. 10, at the William R. Snodgrass Towers in the state Capitol, and 12 local firemen attended. Each of the 12 climbed 110 stairs as part of the event.
“The last transmission on 9-11 from firemen in the Twin Towers was from the 110th floor, so we walk the stairs to that level to honor them,” explained Firefighter Josh Mowery. Mowery has participated in seven of the eight memorials.
He said the firemen dress in full gear to make the trek up the staircase, and each wore a tag that had one of the firemen who died in the terrorist attack on it. It also included a photo of the firefighter who died.
“It is our way to honor those who gave their lives to help others,” Mowery said.
He said the firefighter whose name and photograph he wore in the stairclimb was Lawrence Virgilio of the New York Fire Department Squad 18.
The proceeds from the climb were set to benefit the FDNY Counseling Unit, which has offered peer counseling and resources to the family and colleagues of fallen firefighters.
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