Ohio Firefighters Remember Fallen 9/11 Servicemembers with Stair Climb: ‘Honor Those Who Answered the Call’

by Keeli Parkey

People across the United States of America honored the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in different ways. One group of Ohio firefighters opted to remember those who died on that tragic day with a stair climb.

According to News 5 ABC in Cleveland, these firefighters are part of the Akron Fire Fighters Association Local 330. Obviously, firefighters are very aware of the sacrifices first responders like them made on Sept. 11, 2001. As most Americans are aware, many New York City firefighters rushed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to save others on 9/11.

Their heroism led to their deaths. And theirs is a sacrifice worthy of remembrance. So, the firemen of Akron, Ohio, decided to honor the fallen.

“The events of Sept. 11, 2001, mark the deadliest terrorist attacks in world history. The response of FDNY Fire Operations personnel to the World Trade Center was unprecedented in scale and scope, with more than 200 fire units responding, approximately half of all units in the city. Their efforts were supplemented by numerous off-duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians,” the Akron Fire Fighters Association Local 330 shared.

Ohio Organization Works to Support Local First Responders

The organization also held its event in order to pay tribute to other first responders who risked – and gave – their lives on 9/11. This group also includes EMS personnel and police officers. And in addition to paying tribute to the fallen, the stair climb was also supporting an important organization.

“Firefighters, police officers, and EMS professionals ascended into the Towers, hoping to reach everyone in the 110-story structures,” the message shared by Local 330 also stated. “Although we will never be able to fully grasp the mindset or stress of that day, we can honor those who answered the call for help and support our local first responders through the work of the Safety Forces Support Center.”

Stair Climb Held By Firefighters in Memory of 9/11 Also Raised Funds for Support Center

According to the News 5 ABC Cleveland report, the Safety Forces Support Center provides needed aid to those who often risk their lives to come to the aid of others in Ohio. The stair climb was a fundraising event for the center. It was also an opportunity for the community to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“This event is an opportunity for not only firefighters, but the community to pay tribute to first responders and civilians who lost their lives on Sept. 11. 2001,” Akron Fire District Chief David O’Neil said. “It also helps to raise funds to support our local Safety Forces Support Center.”

The report also provided details about the services the Ohio center provides. It mostly works with first responders from Summit County. However, individuals in Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Wayne counties may also receive support. This support is given by chaplains, as well as mental health professionals. And it addresses the mental, emotional, and physical health of first responders.