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Sep 13, 2015 5:07 PM

Teams climb 110 flights of stairs to honor firefighters from 9/11


MANCHESTER - Members of more than two dozen fire departments, wearing gear weighing as much as 100 pounds, climbed 110 flights of stairs to remember their colleagues on 9/11 this Sunday.

In the Brady Sullivan Tower's stairwell, these firefighters gathered to commemorate the 343 firefighters who perished with the Twin towers. Sunday's event was the fifth annual N.H. Memorial Stair climb and also raised funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The foundation helps firefighters and their families who have died in the line of duty.

Nineteen teams made up of firefighters from different departments and members from the community, began by reading a name of a firefighter who died in the line of duty on 9/11, rang a bell in their honor and began the 110-flight hike.

Because the building has only 20 flights of stairs, firefighters must make five and a half trips up the staircase to reach 110.

"We climb, because they climbed" said Zach Venvigneauld, a firefighter from Woodstock.

The event originated in Denver Colorado when a local fire department decided to hold a similar memorial to honor those who died on 9/11 and the event sparked a nation-wide response.

"Those originators hooked up with National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and at that point they decided to team up and make it a national thing" said Greg Bolduc from the Manchester Fire Department.

He and Lt. Bill Campbell from the Nashua Fire Department came on board when the event started five years ago.


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