Lubbock firefighters honoring those who died in 9/11 with 110-fl

Lubbock firefighters honoring those who died in 9/11 with 110-flight stairclimb

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Firefighters across the nation are honoring those who died in the line of duty on 9/11 by completing a 110-flight stair climb in full firefighter gear at memorials nationwide Saturday. 

Chad Crump, a firefighter for the Lubbock Fire Department, said no matter where you are from, there will always be an emotional bond between firefighters because of that day. 

"Nationwide, you can go anywhere if you're a fireman, find other firefighters and it's like they're your best friends. My brother is actually a firefighter in Midland, so I'm going to go down there and we're going to climb it together as brothers, and as a part of the big brotherhood of firefighters all over the region and country," Crump said.

Lubbock firefighter Dustin Oliver said this weekend is also about remembering the loved ones who have stood through it all. 

"It's not just us that are out there. Families are left at home each day we come to work, and they're the ones who have actually taken the loss as well," Oliver said.

Lubbock Fire Department Lt. Matt Hixson also serves as an instructor at the South Plains College Fire Academy.

He said these 9/11 stair climbs are crucial to carry on for the next generation of firefighters. 

"We went from asking students in class -- where were you on 9-11 -- to how many of you even remember 9-11? We're just going to keep getting further and further away from the date, and my personal hope in doing these stair climbs and memorializing them is that I don't ever want to forget," Hixson said.

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