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Remembering 9/11: Firefighter Stair Climb

SPOKANE, Wash. – Hundreds of fire fighters climbed the tallest building in Spokane on Sunday to honor those killed 10 years ago. 

343 fire fighters died when the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

"We don't even have that many fire fighters in the City of Spokane," said Jason Keen, a fire fighter in Spokane who helped organize the event.  "A loss like that would be more than our entire department in our community."

Climbers carried a badge with the name and picture of a fire fighter who died in the Trade Center collapse.

"When you're going up the stairs you can think about the simple fact there was guys just like you and me that went up the stairs to make a difference," said Shane Skipworth, Engine Operator with the Spokane Fire Department.  "They knew there was people up there that needed their help and they didn't worry about the consequences.  They just went up to help people."

Participants climbed the Bank of America building multiple times, reaching 110 stories- the height of the World Trade Center.

The climb is one of approximately 50 similar events across the country.  Proceeds benefit the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation.

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