Parsons firefighters honor 9/11 heroes
PARSONS, Ks. – For firefighters in the Parsons, Kansas area, repeatedly climbing the 7 floors of Belmont Tower in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11 was both tiring and inspiring.
“Didn’t know really how hard it was going to be or what to expect, but now that I’m done, it feels pretty good knowing that I did it,” said Parsons firefighter Tate Phillips.
Throughout the morning, they climbed the tower’s seven floors 15 times, before making one last trip to the fifth floor. That represents the 110 floors of the World Trade Center, but it wasn’t the only reminder. As they made their trek, they were inspired to push forward by photos of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.
“As it starts to become tiresome, I think that’s where you really use that for motivation, knowing that they didn’t have another option, they didn’t get to quit. They knew what they were getting into and that’s what they signed up for,” said Parsons Fire Captain Andrew Johnston.
As each firefighter completed the climb, they participated in the ringing of the fire bell and then read aloud the names of some of the fallen first responders of September 11th, demonstrating that while those New York heroes may not be with us, they are are not forgotten.
“I would ask that on this day, that everybody remembers what it truly meant, and never forget,” said Captain Johnston.
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