Hundreds of first responders participate in Tri-Cities 9/11 memorial stair climb

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- Fifteen years after 9/11 hundreds gathered in Kingsport to remember and honor the thousands of lives lost during the terror attack on September 11, 2001.

The sound of footsteps and silence filled the stairwells at Holston Valley Medical Center parking garage on Sunday as hundreds climbed 110 floors.

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Each set of stairs represented the number of floors in the Twin Towers.

Climbers carried an ID tag with them to represent a first responder involved in the tragedy.

Organizers like Andrew Catron with the Kingsport Fire Department said it was a morning to reflect and remember the lives lost on September 11th.

“This is a very solemn event, you know we want them to reflect on that day, we want them to go to the mindset that those firefighters were on 9/11, they are really going back and trying to put themselves in those guys shoes,” Catron said.

Organizers said they raised more than $20,000 from this year’s memorial climb alone.

The money raised will go toward the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

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