Emergency responders from Utica and all over Central New York will honor their fallen brothers and sisters by climbing 110 stories during the CNY Memorial Stair Climb.

A New York City Firefighter on September 11, 2001
(Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images)

September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be burned in the hearts of every citizen in the United States. It was a tragic day that really shook this country to its core. Now, as we get ready to remember the 14th anniversary of this disastrous event, Utica will be showing its respect by honoring those who passed away at 'ground zero.'

The Central New York Memorial Stair Climb is a way for Firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officers to pay their respects to all the emergency responders who lost their lives on September 11th. According to CNY Memorial Stair Climb,

The stair climb is open to all active or retired emergency responders in the CNY Region and beyond. However, only 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement and 8 EMTs will be allowed to climb.  Each one will climb in full gear (OPTIONAL), carrying with them a photograph of each responder who perished that day, only one of many memorial aspects built into the climb. 

A total of 411 emergency responders will climb 110 stories (for the 110 stories of the World Trade Center), at the New York State Office Building in Utica.

Unfortunately the public is not allowed to climb the stairs in this event (but they are more than welcome to come out and be a part of the ceremony). CNY Memorial Stair Climb explains why the climb is only for emergency responders...

...Each climber receives the name, picture and accountability tag of one of their fallen brothers or sisters...a special honor that we feel should be reserved for them...

The CNY Memorial Stair Climb will honor the brave men and women who risked their lives to save thousands of others. For more information on the climb, including how to register if you are an emergency responder, or how to be a part of this event (if you're not an emergency responder), see the CNY memorial stair climb website here. You can also check out the CNY Memorial Stair Climb's Facebook Page.



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