ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Firefighters, police officers, and community members took on a challenge Saturday to honor the first responders who lost their lives 18 years ago on September 11.
Crowds marched to the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Roanoke for the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Around 400 climbers then walked up and down the building five times--the equivalent of 110 stories, which is the height of the World Trade Centers.
"We need to make sure that we remember everything they did, the sacrifices they did, there's a lot of families out there that don't have husbands or fathers around anymore because of what happened on 9/11," Bill Price, a volunteer firefighter with the Buchanan Fire Department and one of the organizers of this event, said.
WDBJ7's Caitlin Francis and Leo Hirsbrunner joined in to reflect and remember. The proceeds from this event help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors.
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