Wayne Community College’s Public Safety Division held its annual 9/11 Tribute Stair Climb on Monday, on the Magnolia Building exterior stairs and breezeways.
Emergency medical and law enforcement students, along with local first responders, started the climb around 9 a.m. They 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.
The 9/11 Tribute Stair Climb is held each year to honor 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.