CLAYTON (KPLR) - Some area firefighters went to great heights Sunday to honor fellow emergency responders killed in the 9-11 attacks. They climbed to remember the fallen and assist the survivors. “Our event is not a race, but it is a memorial climb and we want to make sure that the 911 attacks and all of the things that were done that day that were good, always out weight the tragedy,” said Captain Jason Hildebrandt.”
The Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to recognize the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 while honoring and remembering the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Each individual tribute honors the sacrifice of an FDNY brother and symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.
Captain Scott Scharf with the Desoto Fire Department grew up close to the World Trade Center, in fact he named his son after one of the men killed in the 9/11 terrorists attacks. “The next generation needs to know and understand that our 343 brothers that died that day, went out and they did their job the biggest rescue in history,” said Scott Scharft.
Scharf brought his 12- year- old son Mychal with him to participant in the climb. “It's very important police officers, fire fighters, EMS, they keep us safe, “said Mychal.
The Stair Climb benefits the FDNY CSU (Counseling Services Unit) and the programs provided by the NFFF (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation) to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.