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Fallen firefighters remembered during 9/11 memorial climb

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Group firefighters prepare to participate in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. The event paid tribute to the 343 firefighters from the New York City Fire Department who lost their lives saving others during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Denton McGuire, left, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, climbs another story during a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron, 18th Medical Group, 18th Civil Engineer Group, as well as Kadena community members and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma firefighters, worked together to climb the equivalent of the 110 stories at the World Trade Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Walter Pitt, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, tightly grips the photo of a firefighter who lost their life during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as he climbs another story of stairs in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks on the World Trade Center in N.Y., firefighters and members of the community participated side-by-side in a stair climb as a symbol of the heroic journey 343 firefighters took 20 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Garrett Morrison, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, receives encouragement while carrying extra weight during a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. In addition to wearing gear weighing approximately 60 pounds, some participants chose to carry additional weight while completing the symbolic climb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle Houseman, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, hangs a tag representing a fallen firefighter on the wall during a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. Participants at the event carried a tag with the photo and name of one of the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, to the top floor and hung it on a wall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

An 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter hangs a tag with a fallen firefighter on it during a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. One of several memorial events during the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the stair climb underscored the motto “Never Forget,” a promise to never forget the events of that day and the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Curvin Snyder, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, takes off his personal protective equipment after participating in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. Made of many layers of heat-resistant fabric, the bulky pants and jacket worn by firefighters help protect them from the many dangerous conditions they may encounter on the job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Cristi, left, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron fire officer, Airman 1st Class Curvin Snyder, middle, and Brian Arime, right, 18th CES firefighters, listen to the closing speech of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. The memorial stair climb was held to honor not just the fallen first responders, but everyone who lost their lives on that day 20 years prior. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Firefighters honor fallen first responders in 9/11 memorial stair climb.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle McGurn, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron station chief, holds his helmet by his side during the closing speech of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2021. The job of a firefighter requires not just physical toughness, but emotional and mental resilience when protecting communities from fires and disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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