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First responders honor fallen 9/11 heroes

Posted: 5:23 AM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 06:23:33-04

TULSA - Across the nation, people are taking a moment to remember 9/11 and the terror attacks that rocked the country.

More than 200 first responders will gather in downtown Tulsa to walk the First Place Tower and remember the sacrifices made 18 years ago.

This will be Tulsa’s third year participating in the annual stair climb to honor the more than 400 first responders who died trying to save lives after the attacks.

The climbers will be in full bunker gear, and climb the tower three times to equal the height of the twin towers.

With each step taken, they will remember the ultimate sacrifice made that day.

“People that could have made it out alive, kept going back in. And that’s what we want to remember," said Matt Lay, Vice-President Tulsa Firefighters Local 176. "That’s the level of service and commitment that kind of refocuses us and centers us everyday on every call that we go on.”

During the event, the first responders are also raising money for their charity, hydrants of hope, which benefits children with cancer.

The first responders will hold a moment of silence at 8:46 Wednesday morning, then start the climb.

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