IMPERIAL â€“ The 15-year anniversary of the devastating attack on the World Trade Center attracted Valley patriots to the Imperial fairgrounds to pay their respects to the memory of the courageous men and woman who risked all by running to danger to save those trapped.Â Many, including the Calexico Fire Department, showed up on the evening of September 10 to climb the 1,980 steps, the exact number of steps that were in the fallen World Trade Center. Each runner ran a set allotment of stairs around the grandstands representing the 343 men lost on the tragic day fifteen years ago.
From the New York Fire Department’s self-sacrificing rush into the burning towers to the brave airline passengers who overthrew their terrorist hijackers, the Valley honored those brave souls with their participation.
ThoseÂ who signed up felt a sense of pride knowing the fees went to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to support the families who have lost loved ones in the call of duty.
More than law enforcement and first responders participated, people across theÂ valley touched by memories of the evil done to our country wanted to turn the response into a sign of hope, and to always remember.
â€œThis annual stair climb is for people of the community to come out and pay their respects,â€ said fire chief Matt Busch. â€œBut it is also a lot more than that, because it shows others what our country is all about. It is helping others and rising to the occasion, no matter the circumstances.â€
The evening light exposed emotion as runners pushed the limit to complete the stair climb, remembering and honoring all those who lost their lives on 9/11. With the fire departments in full gear, they symbolized how their fallen brothers and sisters rushed into the smoke and flame engulfed buildings to save lives.
The event was organized by Tiffany Macias and the Calexico Fire Department, who proudly keep the tradition alive in order to keep memories alive.
â€œA lot of time and effort goes into putting this event together,â€ commented Matt Busch. â€œAnd I am proud to say we will keep the event going to allow people from all over to come out and show their patriotism.â€[envira-gallery id=”84580″]