Wearing full gear and oxygen tanks, 11 firefighters set out to climb 343 flights of stairs Friday, Sept. 11, at Plymouth Harbour, to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives when the World Trade Center Towers collapsed Sept. 11, 2001.
To remember one of their own, Sarasota firefighter Mike Yahraus, who died in a training accident Sept. 11, 2000, the firefighters climbed an additional flight.
“Today, we stand here to express our admiration and our appreciation,” said Plymouth Harbor President and CEO Harry Hobson. “You truly are our heroes.”
Their climb began at 10:28 a.m. today, the exact time that the second tower collapsed eight years ago.
Station No. 5 firefighter Erich Leipold, who trains almost daily on the Plymouth Harbor stairs with his partner and fellow fireman Dan Campbell, Lt. Mike Martini and Lt. Mark Soady, along with the other firefighters, hiked the first 78 flights three times up and three times down — equivalent to the number of flights the New York City Fire Department firefighters climbed to rescue those trapped near the impact area in both towers on Sept. 11.
“Today we gather to remember,” said Plymouth Harbor Chaplain Jerry O’Connor. “Let this day be a reminder of the cost of freedom.”
Contact Loren Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently 0 Responses
16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Resident receives U.S. citizenship
For one Longboat Key resident, facing the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance held special meaning at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Keyâs April 3 breakfast meeting.
Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.