Fifth Annual Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
September 11, 2001 is a day that no one alive at the time will forget. Montgomery first responders are keeping the memory alive and preserving it for future generations with the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
The first responders don their gear and climb the Retirement Systems of Alabama Tower’s 22 stories five times. The trip recreates the 110 stories the New York first responders made several times over to save those left in the World Trade Center towers.
“I think it allows somebody to actually realize what goes into being a first responder,” says event coordinator Dana Grubbs. Grubbs is a Pike Road first responder. “The taxing events that first responders have to go through on a daily basis.”
The stair climb is open to the public as well, and all ages are encouraged to participate. Even those born after the September 2001 attacks. The hope is that by climbing the stairs or even watching the first responders climb, the younger generation will realise that 9/11 was more than just a section in their history books.
“Our responsibility for this generation is to pass that along as historically intact as we can,” adds Grubbs.
“So they can understand just how devastating something like this is.”
Grubbs says nearly 36 different units from across Alabama came to participate in the stair climb. Some first responders dressed out in all their gear, others wore bits and pieces. There are always water breaks and stops along the way should any climber need to rest. Grubbs encourages the breaks, saying the climb is a way to remember the attacks and not a race to win.
The event is organized by the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department. They open the online registration on June 1st every year. Grubbs says she’ll continue hosting the event as long as they can get sponsors and enough firt responders will participate. To register online or find out more information on the stair climb, click here.