Firefighters Climb WTC To Honor 9/11 Victims

July 01, 2018 - 2:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Hundreds of first responders from around the world participated in the 4th annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb on Sunday.

The annual climb to the top of One World Trade in Lower Manhattan honors those who gave their lives trying to rescue others from the Twin Towers during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

During the climb, firefighters and first responders climb 800 flights of stairs in One World Trade, in full gear. Those who made it to the top said the event was particularly challenging due to the heat.

“Probably one of the hardest climbs I’ve ever done,” said Massachusetts firefighter Michael Kraus.

Over 300 firefighters and 60 police officers made the trek up a stairwell lined with photos of those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

This year’s climb benefits the Ray Phfifer Foundation, named for the firefighter who sorted through the rubble at Ground Zero for eight months. Phfifer passes away last year but the foundation aims to help other first responders now suffering for 9/11-related health problems.