First responders remember 9/11

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- September 11, 2001 is a day many of us will never forget.

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One local firefighter is calling attention back to the first responders who ran to the scene that day, and never made it home by climbing.

Step by step, Bill Price continues up the stair climber at the gym in full firefighting gear.

He trains like this all the time, but for a very special reason. The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb was Saturday in Roanoke at the Wells Fargo Tower. Participants climbed 110 flights of stairs total.

“It’s not a race; it’s a remembrance,” Price said.

Community takes part in Roanoke's 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

It’s a remembrance for the 343 first responders killed September 11, 2001, and a way to honor their lives and memories.

It’s also a way to teach a younger generation about what happened that day.

Price is a volunteer firefighter with Buchanan. He retired from career firefighting this past May.

He’s organizing a memorial walk Wednesday, September 11 on Main St. in Buchanan. Anyone is welcome to participate. People are asked to gather around the fire house around 8 a.m.; the walk will start at 8:42, and will last 102 minutes. That’s the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center until the second tower collapsed.

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