To Honor Their Fallen Comrades of 9/11, Arcata Fire Crew Climbing the Same Amount of Stairs as in Twin Towers
Firefighter wearing full gear pauses at the top of a long staircase near Cypress Hall today. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
As a mark of respect for those first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 while those inside were fleeing the burning building burning after airplanes controlled by terrorists struck it, Arcata Fire is climbing the stairs at Cypress Hall stairs at Humboldt State University today.
Local firefighters in full gear, some carrying hoses and oxygen tanks work their way up the staircase this morning. They will be climbing it 15 times in order to equal the approximate height of the Twin Towers. Three hundred and forty-three firefighters died when the Towers collapsed that day.
The number 343 is carried proudly as it is the number of firefighters who died at the World Trade Center. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
124 steps. 75 pounds of gear. 15 laps up and down. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
Captain Ross McDonald, 11 years with Arcata Fire pausing to rest on his climb. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
15 laps up and 15 laps down. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
Climbing the stairs to honor their fellow fighters who paid the ultimate price while trying to save others. [Photo by Mark McKenna]
Jon Busher, fire captain seated on the right reports that going up and down the stairs is “challenging mentally and physically.” But, he says, “We have the luxury of knowing we’re going home after this.” [Photo from Mark McKenna]