, Derry, New Hampshire

September 20, 2012

Local firefighters climb to honor fallen heroes

Derry News

---- — DERRY — Local firefighters and emergency personnel were part of a contingent that participated in a 110-story climb to honor those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

They were part of a team of about 296 climbers who took part in the climb Sept. 9 at the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester.

The climbing event honored the memories of the 343 New York firefighters lost that day.

Firefighters representing 47 departments from three states made up 39 teams. They ascended the 20-story Brady building five times, then added a remaining 10 stories to make up the 110 stories that symbolize the height of the World Trade Center towers.

Each climber carried an identification card for a lost firefighter. The names were also announced and a bell tolled.

The climb began at 9:03 a.m., the time United Arlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower.

Money raised through the Stair Climb, an estimated $15,000, goes to support the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, a fund assisting families of lost fire personnel.