Posted: Sep 6, 2013 8:43 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Sep 6, 2013 8:52 AM
On the morning of September 11th, fire service members all across the country will convene in high-rise buildings across the United States. They will climb 110 stories as a tribute to their fallen brothers and tomorrow for the first time, Lafayette Firefighters will join the tradition.
The tragedy of 9/11 shocked everyone but it hit close to home for one Lafayette Firefighter.
"9/11 was kind of significant to me because that's when I realized that's what I wanted to do, was become a firefighter. After watching what the men did for their community and country, said Grant Genoble.
This year for the 12th Anniversary, Lafayette Firefighters are remembering their fallen brothers by climbing 110 stories at Chase Towers.
Some will use an air pack or carry hoses and many will be in full gear. Each climber carries a photograph with the name of a firefighter who was lost on September 11th.
"The importance of the event is to help raise money for The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. They have programs that help with the surviving families and the firefighters still effected by 9/11.
With the anniversary of 9/11 just days away, the world is reflecting and remembering. Lafayette Firefighter Elliot Gilbert is hoping the memorial and the stair climb on Saturday helps people in Acadiana remember.
"It's important to remember because you never want to forget something that happened like that. It was a really tragic, important moment in our history and everybody needs to remember it," said Gilbert.
Now this event is open to the public. Registration kicks off at 7a.m. At Chase Towers downtown Lafayette.
The memorial starts at 9:11 and the stair climb will follow immediately after.
It's $25 to register and all proceeds go to The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.