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Memorial Stair Climb honors lives lost on 9/11

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Firefighters, members of the military, and civilians took part in the first-ever 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Florence.

This week marked the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC.

A pre-event run-through of the strenuous climb was held Friday at the Marriott Shoals Renaissance Tower. Event organizer and Florence firefighter Dustin Simmons said it is important to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty on that day.

"The fire service is like a brotherhood, so when we lose someone, it hurts us all," said Simmons. "We need to do this, and to never forget."

More than 75 participants climbed to the top of the tower five times, which is the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center towers. Each participant wore the names of emergency responders who were killed on that day.

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