Cheyenne firefighters take the stairs for 9/11

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Firefighters from the Cheyenne Fire Department took on a big climb on the Monday to remember some of the heroes of the 9/11 attacks. Nine CFD firefighters and one firefighter from the Wyoming National Guard traveled to Denver to take on the 13th Annual Denver Stair Climb.

The climb took place at the Century Link building - a 55 story tower in downtown Denver. 343 firefighters from 13 states scaled the stairs twice. One go was in full gear, tools and hoses, and then, after an elevator ride down, and the second in full gear again, but with supplied air. The climb started in the lobby both times for a combined 110 stories, which is the same amount of stories that were in the World Trade Center.

Among the thousands who died on September 11th, 2001, 343 firefighters perished when the twin towers collapsed. Accord to firefighters we spoke to, the first responders who entered those towers knew they probably weren't going to come back out.

The stair climb is meant to be a reminder and a memorial to the firefighters who were killed that day, but also a reminder of the fitness needed be a firefighter.