More than 500 individuals, a lot of them firefighters in full uniforms, climbed 2,200 steps at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday to recollect the victims of Sept. 11.
“I’m just paying respect to all the lives that died that day,” stated German Moreno, a Chicago firefighter. Mr. Moreno, 38, stated he was drawn to the occupation, in half, by the heroism of emergency employees who died on 9/11. Mr. Moreno climbed the steps in full gear on Saturday morning.
The occasion in Chicago was one in all 40 stair climbs across the nation. Participants climbed or walked the equal of the 110 tales of the World Trade Center, every sporting a badge with the title and photograph of one of many emergency employees who died in the assaults.
Many firefighters from the Chicago space took half.
Omar Juarez, 23 and a firefighter from Westmont, Ill., was too younger to recollect 9/11, however he stated the occasions resonated with him nonetheless.
“It could happen to any one of us. It makes you realize how fragile life is,” Mr. Juarez stated.
Marisa Price, a 25-year-old firefighter from Westmont, stated she discovered herself desirous about what will need to have been going via the minds of New York firefighters as they labored to rescue those that day.
“I’ll be thinking of them waking up and going to work like a normal day and then having to face the horrors of what happened, having to walk up those towers,” she stated. “A lot of them were my age at the time and made the ultimate sacrifice.”
A dozen 911 dispatchers from Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management additionally took half in the memorial climb on Saturday.
Brenda Holifield, a dispatcher, stated she was on the job 20 years in the past, and sometimes thinks of dispatchers who took calls that day.
“I can feel how they felt,” stated Ms. Holifield, 47. “Your heart goes out because they must have felt helpless but stayed calm and did their job.”
Before the climb started, members of the Chicago Fire Department introduced the colours, bagpipers performed “Amazing Grace,” and Talia Martino, a 17-year-old senior from James B. Conant High School in suburban Hoffman Estates, sang the nationwide anthem.