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Emotional stair climb to remember 9/11 fallen heroes

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People in central Wisconsin climbed flights of stairs today to honor fallen heroes lost on 9/11.

Organizers said the event is growing and helps keep the memory of those heroes alive.

First responders and people from the community lined up, to climb up flight after flight of stairs.

"We still can't walk in their shoes at all, we don't know what it's like unless we're put in that situation," said Aaron Blum, Organizer.

The third annual 9/11 Stair Climb in Wausau brought hundreds of people to hike the equivalent of 110 stories.

Their mission: to honor fallen firefighters police officers lost in the attacks.

"Over time people forget, but this tragedy was so huge, it's been what, 10-11 years ago now, it's still with us," said Blum.

Firefighters from hours away came to show their respect and their gratitude.

"Every step that you take you look down at the badge that you've got on and just remember what happened that day," said Ted Weeks, Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department.

Firefighter Ted Weeks and seven of his comrades are back for their second year. They said their sweat and the pain are worth it.

"After about the fifth floor you just want to come back down, your knees are burning, you're breathing heavy," said Weeks.

Weeks also had his family by his side.

"It is a scary feeling, because you never know, they never know what they're going to encounter," said Amy Weeks.

As hundreds of others pushed their strength to climb the stairs, they said it's all for one reason.

"We'll do it as long as we can, just to remember them." said Blum.

And these people do remember, one step at a time.

Organizers said they hope to raise about $7,000 with the climb.

They said the proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, NYPD Foundation and Port Authority Children and Widows Fund.

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