9/11 Stair Climb in Ocean City brings together first responder community

OCEAN CITY, Md. –  The 8th annual 9/11 stair climb took place on Saturday at the Pyramid Condominium on 95th street in Ocean City.

Nearly 40 volunteers climbed 18 flights on the building’s exterior staircase. They did the climb 6 times in total to simulate the over 100 floors that firefighters had to climb on 9/11. The event raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation who supports families affected by line of duty deaths.

The volunteers, many current and former fire department members, wore full equipment including oxygen tanks, fire suits, and boots. They also carried memorial cards of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day. Firefighters tell us the physical strain of the climb helps to build solidarity and understanding for the fallen.

“There is a huge sense of solidarity for those who did not complete their climb that day on 9/11 we all carry tags with the names of those who were there that day we do it with them we do it for them,” said Chris Vieira Pockomoke Fire Company.

Organizers say they hope to have the event will continue to grow, and were thrilled they were able to have it in person, compared to last year’s virtual event.

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