UTICA, N.Y. -- The CNY Memorial Stair Climb took place at the state office building in Utica on Saturday.
The organization held a walk on the 20th anniversary of September 11th a few weeks ago.
First responders came from all across the country to participate in the climb.
"We don't just have local personnel, we have people from all over the country. We have the state of Washington, New Mexico, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. New Orleans was supposed to be here but they couldn't get a plane out. There is a lot of stuff going on and this draws a good crowd, not just volunteer firefighters, not just career firefighters. This was one of the first years we have been able to open things up from the civilian side of things. We have a couple that climb every year as a civilian but this one of the first years it actually opened up like that so it came out very well" says CNY Memorial Stair Climb director Jeff Burkhart.
First responders geared up and walked up and down the stairs of the state office building until they reached 110 floors, which were how many floors in the World Trade Centers.
Each participant who climbed the stairs was in honor of a particular fallen first responder.
They then tagged them on the board at the end of the climb and rang a bell to signify the end of duty for that responder.