Sep 11, 2013 2:54 PM by Maddie Garrett

Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders With Hike

Local firefighters in Southern Colorado remembered 9/11 in their own way, by making the trek up the Manitou incline. The rain was falling when the firefighters, their friends and family, all gathered at the base of the incline Wednesday morning. The weather meant a smaller group than last year. Despite the rain, the group made up mostly of Pueblo firefighters, still made the long hike up.

It's a tradition the firefighters started last year as a way to honor the New York firefighters and other first responders from 9/11. It's meant to symbolize and remember the firefighters who went into the World Trace Center to rescue victims after the attacks.

"It's a way of honoring the FDNY firefighters who climbed the World trade Center on 9/11," said Bob Falcone with Pueblo Fire Department. "This is an approximation of it but not nearly as tough as they had it that day so yeah we're thinking about how hard they were working that day."

On Wednesday's hike, some of the firefighters wore full gear, which weighs about 50 to 60 lbs. They said that's not even as heavy as some of the gear the FDNY firefighters were wearing when they went into the burning buildings on 9/11.



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