Texas firefighters climb 110 stories to honor fallen 9/11 first responders


POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:44am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:45am

It's a day engraved in our memories and one we'll never forget.

Bryan Fire Department firefighter, Jacob Zoch, remembers exactly where he was, "8th grade ag class. I think we all remember where we were the moment when we heard the news. The world stopped spinning for us."

Michael Prodromides, a 28-year veteran of the New York Fire Department Engine 3, Ladder 12, Battalion 7, was supposed to work that morning but his partner took his shift..

He was at home when he heard the news on TV.

"The first tower had fallen already the second one was still standing," said Prodromides. "When I got there the second one came down and from there on, I won't say it's a blur but it's a lot of material that I keep to myself."

Prodromides lost five brothers that day and he wasn't alone.

343 firefighters were killed on September 11th.

12 years later Bryan-College Station first responders are paying tribute to the men and women who lost their lives that day.

"We climb 110 stories which is the height of the World Trade Centers," said Battalion Chief and stair climb organizer, Jordan Gallagher. "For this building it's seven stories so we'll climb it 15 times and once to the fifth floor."

Symbolizing the climb those first responders were trying to make in the Twin Towers to rescue those trapped before the buildings collapsed.

A task that may seem simple but is difficult in more ways than one.

"We start off in high spirits but as we start exerting our bodies, we get tired, we have to joke and holler at each other to keep going but when you're ready to quit and give up, all of us are carrying a firefighter with us or several fire fighters and it's motivational to look down and remember that these men and women are no longer with us and to keep going in their memory," said Zoch.

And it's a tribute Prodromides is honored to be able to see when so many others can't.

"They don't do this everyday so for them to take the challenge is incredible."

Always remembering and never forgetting.

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