MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today firefighters from around our region came together as one to honor those who lost their lives 18 years ago today.
The sounds of the bag pipes and drums play in harmony.
"We formed the Medford Pipes and Drums to honor those who have came before us," said Mike Haughey of the Medford Fire-Rescue.
Just as firefighters from around our region gather together to climb the stairwell of the Rogue Valley Manor.
"I just became a paramedic on September 11th and I was on my way to work,” Haughey added.
Mike Haughey of the Medford Fire-Rescue climbed that same stairwell that the rest of his brothers and sisters did.
"I remember all of us just being really stunned all day I was working on the ambulance that day and it was really quiet," Haughey went on to say.
“It was quiet because at that time it was something that our nation hadn't experienced before,” Haughey said.
Erika and Thor Barrows have been together for 42 years.
"We remember the day so clearly in our lives and we want to be a part of this for as long as we can," the two said.
They have been watching the firefighters climb the stairs for the last 17.
"I don’t think we've missed one," the two went on to say.
It’s their small way to honor those that died that day 18 years ago.
"I saw the aftermath a year later when it was still a pit and it still hits," Haughey said.
And show respect for the first responders who continue in their footsteps.
"It’s the biggest single loss of life the fire service has had," Haughey added.
But this day - these stairs and that journey will be forever engrained in their hearts.
"So it hits that much closer to know that those guys when up in those towers not knowing if they were going to come back,” Haughey said.