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The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Posted by Hunter Burkes on

Yesterday, our staff participated in the 9/11 memorial stair climb at the Towers of the Americas. It was a profound experience for all of us…..Hunter summed it up best -

“I keep thinking about the stark difference between experiencing an event like 9/11 and having first hand memories of it, whether from a distance or up close, versus just knowing it through stories, pics and videos. It’s really important to keep these memories alive and incredible that there are events like the SA110 that give you even a tiny sense of what other humans experienced on that day and compel you to try and imagine what they went through.

Seeing firefighters struggling to climb in all of their heavy gear in a calm scenario really gets your mind going imaging the scene coupled with a crazy high heart rate and purely chaotic scenario and the underlying, yet permeating thought that they wouldn’t be climbing back down.

Seeing all of the faces of these men really hits home how different and diverse each of these heroes were, all from different places and walks of life, yet all with the common goal of saving human lives without giving a second thought.”

We will never forget the hardships that came from that day but we should also strive to never forget how it bonded us together too.

“You do what God has called you to do. You show up. You put one foot in front of another. You get on the rig and you go out and you do the job—which is a mystery. And a surprise. You have no idea when you get on that rig. No matter how big the call. No matter how small. You have no idea what God is calling you to. But he needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us.”

— Fr. Mychal Judge, addressing NY Fire Department Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY, homily of September 10, 2001, one day before he died administering last rites at the World Trade Center bombing. He was dubbed Victim 0001 of the tragic events on this day twenty-one years ago.

To all the first responders and military members, all of us from at TAB Gear sincerely thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. We stand in remembrance with you.


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