Today Wayne Community College’s Public Safety Division held its annual 9/11 Tribute Stair Climb. Emergency medical and law enforcement students, along with their instructors and other first responders, ran the equivalent of 78 flights to replicate the efforts of firefighters who responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The 78th floor was the highest floor they were able to reach in the center’s south tower before it collapsed.
Each year this event honors the 403 public safety personnel – 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers – who died in the line of duty that day.
Photos by GDN Photographer Bobby Williams