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Hundreds of firefighters participate in climb

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Sunday morning, hundreds of firefighters gathered to honor the first responders of 9/11 by climbing the Suntrust building in Richmond.

Firefighters walked into the building to the sound of bagpipes, each person carrying a badge with the name of one of the many firefighters who died at Ground Zero.

They went up and down five times to symbolize the 110 stories that firefighters climbed during their rescue efforts that day. It wasn't an easy task, but it held special meaning.

"It keeps us humble, makes us remember what happened, and also keeps us prepared for what we may have to do," said Lt. Sekou Abdussabur, from the Richmond Fire Department, Station 13.

While some firefighters opted for workout clothes, most of the crews were in full gear, which made the climb even more difficult. This is the first time Richmond firefighters have held their own tower climb.

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