MEDFORD, Ore. — Over a hundred firefighters climbed the tallest building in the Rogue Valley as a symbolic gesture to the lives lost 12 years ago on September 11th.
The tribute to the World Trade Center attacks is an annual tradition at the Rogue Valley Manor for southern Oregon firefighters.
Firefighters got their protective gear on and climbed ten stories to the top. Once firefighters reached the roof, they had a moment of silence to honor the victims and those fallen first responders. There were about 343 firefighters lost their lives in the 9/11 attack.
Firefighters have been honoring the victims by climbing the manor stairs since 2002.
“It’s a good memory for us to think about our firefighters, and the seriousness of our job, the role that we take, and to try and take on a little bit of the burden by climbing the stairs,” explained Fire District 3 fire chief Dan Petersen.
Petersen says this year the climb was different for many firefighters. There were some wildland fire crews that joined in the climb and were also remembering the Oregon firefighters who lost their lives battling this year’s wildfires.
A fire chaplain also did a short service once crews reached the top of the roof. There were many friends and family members of those fire crews who also joined for that service.