Local first responders honor 9/11 victims with annual stair climb

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Local firefighters marked the 9/11 anniversary with their annual stair climb.

Retired and active crew members climbed 22 stories the US Eagle building in Downtown five times. It represents the 110 stories the firefighters in New York had to climb in the World Trade Center. That day, 343 firefighters died.

“What were their families thinking about whenever they knew their loved ones were in that building? When they knew their loved ones were responding to that event, whether it was the Pentagon, the Towers,” said Deputy Chief Dean Gallegos.

An Albuquerque firefighter started the stair climb tradition back in 2003 when he was serving overseas in Afghanistan. The next year, fellow firefighters joined him as he performed it in Albuquerque. Since then, departments across the country have followed in their footsteps.

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