More than 100 firefighters gathered at Clipper Magazine Stadium Sunday to pay tribute to the firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
In the second year of the Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, organizers say they raised more than $3,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The organization works to preserve the memories of those who made the ultiamte sacrifice and help their families to cope.
“It’s a very close-knit brotherhood and sisterhood. And, when one passes on, especially in the line of duty, it affects you because you could be the next one,” said Scott Yuill, a member of committee which hosts the event.
Many of the firefighters wore their gear and climbed up and down every step at the stadium five times.
In addition to reflecting on the 9/11 attacks, people in attendance also took time to remember the 10 firefighters who died in the line of duty in Pennsylvania since last year's stair climb.
They include firefighter Brandon Little, of Adams County, and Lt. Keith Rankin, of Lancaster Township.
Little died in a car crash while on his way to an emergency call. Rankin suffered a heart attack during training.
Yuill says the majority of line-of-duty deaths among firefighters happen in similar cicrumstances, not in fires.
“It’s from a heart attack or car accident or apparatus accident, and that’s how the majority of firefighters die. So, there are initiatives out there to try to reduce that,” said Yuill.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times