Sept. 11 commemorated by Prince George's Co. firefighters

Photo: Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire Department

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (WJLA) - Wednesday marks the anniversary of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks. Over 400 area first responders gathered Saturday at National Harbor to participate in a 110-story climb honoring the firefighters who lost their lives that day.

"Participation in this remembrance is our opportunity to show appreciation for that sacrifice," said Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. "A small way for us to give back to the families of those who have in their expression of courage, paid the ultimate sacrifice."

The participants climbed the ten flights of stairs at the Gaylord Convention Center 11 times, representing the number of flights the first responders are believed to have accessed before the towers collapsed. Each climber wore a badge honoring one of the 343 fallen firefighters.

Many of the firefighters donned their full gear during the trek, carrying an extra 45 to 85 pounds - just as their colleagues had to do following the attacks.

"It's important to me. It's something that I feel really strongly about," said Chris Winn, a Prince George's County firefighter.

Winn brought his son along for the climb. He explained that he wanted his son to know that this was what being a firefighter was all about.

This is the third year that the Prince George’s County Fire Department has hosted the event. In addition to the climb, nearly 100 people walked three kilometers along the harbor in remembrance of those lost.