Hundreds of first responders lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. Today, local firefighters paid tribute to those brave men and women.
Step by step, that’s how these two members of the Long Beach Fire Department chose to remember the fallen first responders of September 11th, 2001. Long Beach Fire Department Driver/Operator Kelly Whitman said, “It is a brotherhood, you know? Just to show our support for all of the firefighters across the world and just to let the community know that we care.”
Kelly Whitman and Chase Elsworth each strapped on 75 pounds of gear and climbed up 110 flights of stairs at Crunch Fitness in Long Beach, matching the number of floors in the World Trade Center. “Our gear is extremely heavy. Your body doesn’t breathe so it is like sitting in a sauna so it just makes it worse, but you just have to push through it.”
Chase Elsworth with the Long Beach Fire Department said, “I was just thinking about how those guys felt and I just had to suck it up and do what I had to do and that’s what I was trying to do.”
Three hundred and forty three New York firefighters lost their lives rescuing people trapped in the World Trade Center, 343 lives these firefighters hope are never forgotten. “It is an honor to come out here and do the stair climb in honor of the firefighters that we lost on 9/11.”
Both Whitman and Elsworth completed the climb in under an hour. “The firefighters, the EMTs, and the police officers that we lost during 9/11, they had it on the screen so it just motivated us to keep on pushing.”