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Firefighters climb 110 flights of stairs to honor 9/11 heroes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hundreds of firefighters from across the state came together in Nashville to remember the firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th, 10 years ago.

Hundreds of Tennessee firefighters and their families gathered at 9 a.m. for the second annual Memorial Stair Climb for a moment of silence, remembering and honoring the 343 firefighters that died a decade ago.

Chris Hinkle is a firefighter from Knoxville.

He told Nashville's News 2 it is important to honor those who died in the terrorist attack.

"It's very important we do this everyday and they didn't know what they were going into that day so they went up why can't we," Hinkle said.

In full gear, the firemen climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at the Tennessee Tower.

Nashville Fire Captain Clyde Jackson climbed in honor of Edward "Teddy" White who died while rescuing people from the Twin Towers 10.

"I've actually put a tattoo of him on my arm in remembrance of 9/11 and all he's with me in his spirit for the rest of out lives," he said.
     
A total of 343 firefighters participated in the memorial stair climb, each carrying a picture of one of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives while working on 9/11.

Josh Smith, firefighter and event organizer, told Nashville's News 2, "They went in knowing it was going to be a bad day.  They still went in there saved 25,000 lives by doing what they did and I think it's important for our profession to remember it's a great symbol of what we do."

The National Firefighters Foundation is hoping to host 50 stair climbs in all 50 states to honor lost firefighters.

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