Saturday, hundreds of people will climb 110 stories at Corporate Cove in Wausau to honor the 343 New York firefighters who died during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. It's the third year for 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
Chris Bargender climbed the 9-11 memorial stair climb as a civilian last year. This year is different. I’m not putting on someone else's pack or turnout gear.. I'm putting my own on”, He explained.
After last year's climb, Bargender was inspired to become a firefighter for the Village of Kronentwetter.
EMS, firefighters, police officers and anyone who wants to register will climb the Corporate Cove Tower ... Either in gear or not ; 14 times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the twin towers.
You don't have to climb in gear, and it's not a race. But for the firefighters climbing , it means an event to remind them of their purpose.
"As you're rushing out the door and you look to your spouse and you say “I love you and I’ll be back in a little bit. I gotta go help fight this fire.” God forbid if you don't make it back home. That's why we climb.", explains Town of Easton Firefighter Aaron Blum of why he participates.
Every participant will wear a photo and badge of one of the 9-11 fallen heroes during the climb. Or a local hero such as Colby fireman Jamison Kkampmeyer-- which was the badge Bargender wore when he was took his first steps last year
"Something just triggered last year when i did it. It feels right”, he said.
Those interested in signing up may do so the day of the event. There is a suggested donation of $25. Proceeds from the stair climb will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Registration for 8:30 a.m. climb begins at 7 a.m. Registration for the 11 a.m. climb begins at 9 a.m.
Click here to register online.
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