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Remembering sacrifice; Area firefighters, public pay tribute to 9-11 victims, local personnel

Wabash City Fire Lt. Kevin Brainard wipes his face after climbing 110 flights at the fifth annual Wabash County Sept. 11 tribute climb. Local firefighters and residents honored the Sept. 11, 2001, victims and local fallen heroes at the event. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County firefighters geared up and headed to the Wabash County YMCA on Monday morning, Sept. 11, not for an emergency, but for tribute.

Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in which al-Qaeda, an Islamic extremist terrorist group, coordinated four attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pa.

The attacks kill nearly 3,000 people and injured 6,000 more. In attempts to rescue survivors inside the World Trade Center, 343 New York City firefighters and 60 police officers lost their lives.

The day is known as the deadliest incident for emergency personnel in United States history.

In 2012, Wabash firefighters Jeff Krom and Dennis Vigar began an annual Sept. 11 tribute climb to honor those that lost their lives by climbing 110 flights of stairs.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12