Vernon firefighters prepare for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

VERNON, TX - Four Vernon firefighters are set to compete in an event that honors first responders killed in the line of duty during the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. They've been training for the annual 9/11 memorial stair climb and will be traveling to Dallas this weekend.

September 11th marks an anniversary of a day many of us promised we would never forget., a day 343 firefighters lost their lives saving the lives of others and Vernon firefighters are doing what many firefighters across the nation are also doing.

Lieutenant & Arson Investigator, Robin Ragan said, "It's kind of like the whole world went still that day, just quiet everywhere."

Lt. Ragan remembered being at work that horrific morning when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers.

He added, "We turned on the news and we just thought a plane had veered off course or whatever and then watching the news when that second one hit, it just kind of made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck."

It was a day and time all Americans came together in solidarity, a time first responders across the nation certainly could never forget.

Captain James Cook stated, "When it happened I had a very natural wanting to help reaction like I said, I was 16 when it happened, so it was a pretty helpless feeling, there wasn't much I could do."

Dressed in full gear, Vernon firefighters will be amongst 343 first responders who will climb 110 flights of stairs to pay tribute to their New York family who braved the climb up 16 years ago.

He continued by saying, "It's a very emotional deal, once you enter the building, you go downstairs, you go into the stairwell and as soon as you're in the stairwell, nobody sees you again until you finish, you're with your brothers, you're with your other fireman."

While Cpt. Cook is no stranger to the stair climb, Chandra Ferguson will be doing this for the first time.

Ferguson said, "I thought it'd be a neat thing to honor all the people, the firefighters that died during 9/11."

During the climb, each first responder will carry a photo of a firefighter killed in their rescue efforts that day.

The stair climb in Dallas will take place this Saturday, September 9th, from 8 A.M til Noon at the Renaissance Tower on 1201 Elm St. If you will be in the area and would like to support them, you can find information about the event here!  


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