Hundreds of firefighters from all over the county came to honor their fallen comrades in Nashville on Sunday.
They climbed the 28-story Tennessee Tower to represent the steps taken by New York firefighters Sept. 11, 2001. They didn't climb the tower just once, but four times total.
"We're here representing all the firemen that died on 9/11," said Ben Evans of Rural-Metro Fire Department near Knoxville. "Before I went on my honeymoon, I was doing some physical training, and I know that the other gentlemen who were not on their honeymoons did a lot of PT."
"My brother was one of the firefighters that fell on 9/11," said James White. "A lot of people have forgotten, and I think it's important that they remember."
The teams assembled in the basement, each with 60 pounds of gear wearing them down with each step.
The teams climbed the stairs up the 28 floors, then took the elevator back to the basement to do it again.
"No time to quit now," said Evans.
Evans' team finished its four laps in 1:40. Each firefighter paid a fee to participate. The money raised will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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