Kearney Fire holds community event to simulate flights of stairs climbed during 9/11
KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Community members gathered at the Universtiy of Nebraska-Kearney campus Saturday morning to remember the 20 years since September 11, 2001.
More than 80 people participated in a stair-climb where they walked up and down 110 flights of stairs — each flight representing the amount of stairs that were inside of the World Trade Center towers.
Among those participants were law enforcement, first responders and even children. Each participant wore a badge with a picture and name of a first responder who had died helping others out on 9/11.
Sonny O’Connor, firefighter from Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, wore a badge for one of the fallen and did his part in the stair climb.
“I think it’s important to keep up traditions like this because we never want to forget those sacrifices that those folks made on that day. You know, a lot of them kiss their wives and children goodbye, thinking it was just going to be a regular day at work and never came back,” O’Connor said.
Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeremy Feusner said, stair climbs like this one originally began in Denver to remember the 343 firefighters who had lost their lives during 9/11.
Robin Reeder, firefighter for Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, said this wasn’t their first year holding an event similar to the one held Saturday.
“Probably the last few years the Kearney Fire Department, we’ve been just getting a group of us together and doing it out at Yanney,” Reeder said. “But just it being the big 20-year event we thought, try and get the big community event and so, we got ahold of the national fallen firefighters association and let us be a location to honor them.”
Not only did the memorial event help represent what first responders went through while battling the flames during 9/11, around $3,000 was raised for the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation.
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