Hundreds of local first responders climb stairs to honor fallen 9-11 heroes

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 22, 2019 - 11:03 am

Firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and police climbed 78 floors Saturday at 400 Poydras to recreate the climb first responders made in the World Trade Center Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001.

"The New Orleans Memorial Stair Climb pays tribute to the 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement officers, and 8 emergency medical  technicians who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives on 9/11/01," according to a news release. "We... also honor and remember those first responders from across the Gulf South who have died in the line of duty."

More than 400 personnel from across the region took part.  Each carried the name and picture of a first responder that perished at Ground Zero.

They walked a mile before climbing the stairs.

The “Mile of Silence Remembrance Walk” included family, friends and supporters of first responders who "walk side by side next to those climbers that have taken the oath to protect and serve their communities."


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