On Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters, police, and ambulance responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Three-hundred-and-forty-three firefighters were killed in the line of duty that day while attempting to rescue people in the Twin Towers. To pay tribute to these firefighters, fellow firefighters from around the world climb 110 stories — the number of stories in each of the towers.
On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, Robin Valeri, professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University and a Cuba volunteer firefighter, along with seven other members of the Cuba Fire Department (CFD) participated in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb held in Binghamton, N.Y.
Valeri was the only woman to complete the climb in her turn-out gear and carrying an air pack. A broadcast about the Binghamton 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb can be found online. To see photos of CFD participants, visit CubaSmokeeaters.com and to learn more about and/or find out how to participate in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, visit their website.
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