TUSCALOOSA’S FIRST RESPONDERS COMMEMORATE 9/11 WITH STAIR CLIMB

Nine Eleven

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Libbi Farrow.

Eighteen years have passed since nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but their lives continue to be honored across the country, including here in Tuscaloosa.

To pay homage to the victims of 9/11, the University of Alabama Police Department and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs hosted the second annual stair climb in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday morning. First responders, military veterans and their family support groups were among participants of the stair climb.

Tuscaloosa fireman John Miller said the event helped put in perspective what people went through that day, especially the first responders.

“For what they did and the sacrifice they paid, we know, we all knew, what we took the job that death could be a possibility, we knew that,” Miller said.

Wearing their full gear, many of the first responders walked the steps of Coleman Coliseum more than eight times to equal going up and down the 110 floors of the World Trade Center.

The idea for a stair climb event was started by five Colorado firefighters in 2005. Since then, it has become a common way to observe 9/11 throughout the U.S.

“We don’t forget. We don’t ever want to forget,” UAPD Sgt. Rachel Grooms said. “In my lifetime, this is the biggest [disaster]that I have ever been impacted by.”

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