TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – With over 50 pounds of equipment strapped on members of the Terre Haute Fire Department climbed 110 floors at their training facility.
The 110 floors signifies the tallest level of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. For the department it is important to remind their recruits of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. For the department it’s important to remind recruits of the sacrifices made by firefighters that day.
“We kind of had an awakening that a lot of these guys are really young and a lot of them weren’t old enough to remember 9/11 or September 11th,” Terre Haute Fire Department Captain Kyle Pettijohn. “So we thought this would be a good way for us to spend the day discussing 9/11, watching some documentaries and come out here and climb and try to do our best to honor these guys.”
Probationary fire fighter Braden Puckett says he has gained an even greater sense of gratitude for the firefighters who rushed to help on that day.
“Guys that went up the towers that day, knew there was a great chance that they were never going to go back but they did it anyway and they were the ones that knew that they still had families to go home to but they still chose to go help the people that needed help that day,” Puckett said.
During the climb speakers were positioned to play sound from that tragic day to illustrate what people were going through at that time.
“I have an ultimate respect for the those guys that went in and now that I’m kind of put in their shoes you do the same trainings that they go through,” Puckett said. “You do the same stuff that they went through. You’re still faced with that fact that you may never go home. You never know when your time is.”
Captain Kyle Pettijohn says this climbs also serves as training.
“Our mindset is just like their mindset is life safety of civilians and firefighters to do whatever we can to get that job done,” Captain Pettijohn said.
Each firefighter had the name of a firefighter who lost their life during 9/11 and they climbed in memory of them. The climb took firefighters more than two hours.