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9/11 Memorial stair climb

Published: Sep. 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Imagine climbing twenty two flights of stairs, five times, with not only the weight of your gear, but also the memories of 9/11 on your shoulders.

That's what happened today at the SunTrust building in downtown Richmond.

As part of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, firefighters, their friends, and family members climbed a total of 110 flights of stairs in memory of the New York firefighters who gave their lives eleven years ago.

"This really shows that sense of community, that sense of family that fire service enjoys," said Chief Robert Creecy, of the Richmond Fire Department.

"And today is a chance to connect with our families and connect with the community and connect back to that day that none of us thought would ever happen," he said.

Once they reached the top, they would announce the name of one of the 343 New York firefighters who died on 9/11.

On Tuesday morning, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones will join the public in a day of service and remembrance at city hall.

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