Jackson Fire Department honors 9/11 firefighters

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – Jackson Fire Department dedicated 3 hours and 43 minutes to climbing stairs on the Stairmaster in honor of the 343 firefighters that died during 9/11.  

Jackson Fire Department Alex Schlitt says Sunday’s goal is to remember what happened back then. 

“So, our main objective here today is to remember what took place that day to never forget those events and then to essentially give back that’s the way possible and so do memorial stair climb,” said Schlitt. 

The stairs are to honor the fallen but the day is to reflect on what happened on 9/11.  

“Entire day is pretty much just that it’s kind of somber around here and stuff we just take time to reflect on what took place and we have people like this individual here one of our guys that he wasn’t even alive one of the attacks took place,” said Schlitt. 

Firefighter, Gabe Estes, who was born after 9/11 says he understands the importance of keeping this tradition alive 

“It’s kind of honoring those that lost their life that day so I think this pretty big deal I think it should be recognized year after year after year and I shouldn’t be ignored just showed to the side so we’re out here doing this,” said Estes.  

The tradition aims to remember the heroes and educate the public on trying to prevent events like 9/11 from happening again. 

“Those that forget history are bound to repeat it and stuff and so that’s one of the things we don’t ever want to have to happen again in this country or anywhere for that matter and so we just feel like it’s all responsibility and our duty as firefighters too educate public on it and just pay tribute to those that put themselves into harm’s way just for to save another person,” said Schlitt. 

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