Firefighters commemorate 9/11 with stair climb

Fire departments from around Oregon and Northern California will gather at the Rogue Valley Manor on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, to save others.

At 11:30 a.m., firefighters will put on protective clothing and air packs and climb the 10-story building to symbolize what fellow firefighters in New York endured when the Twin Towers fell. This day serves as remembrance of the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on that fateful day and other fallen firefighters who have died in the line duty, organizers said.

Medford Fire Chief Dave Bierwiler explained in a news release that the annual stair-climbing event began in 2002 when firefighters were looking for a local way to remember and honor this solemn event.

Upon reaching the roof of the Manor building, firefighters pause for a moment of silence to support one another and remember the bond they share in the service they give, organizers said.

Firefighters then will descend the stairs and gather for a barbecue lunch provided by the Rogue Valley Manor and its staff.

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