MCALLEN and SAN ANTONIO - New York Firefighters Raymond Meisenheimer, Sean Tallon, Lawrence Veling, Kevin Bracken, Patrick Brown, Robert Minera and David Fontana were represented in the annual McAllen Stair Climb and the San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb 2018 by local firefighters.
Every year, local firefighters join the remembrance of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Alice Firefighter Robert Valdez and his wife Lisa Garcia Valdez, San Diego Firefighters Robert Moctezuma and Alexandra Gonzalez, and Firefighter Matt Valdez with the San Diego and San Antonio Fire Departments climbed the stairs Tuesday and Sunday just as the first responders did that tragic day in 2001.
Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Each participant climbed the 110 stairs in memory of a New York Firefighter. Each participant received a badge with a name and photo of a firefighter who died saving the lives of the thousands of people in the Twin Towers.
Firefighter Matt Valdez began climbing four years ago. He paved the way for other firefighters, in this area, to join. His brother, Robert Valdez is on his third climb. Moctezuma and Gonzalez are on their first and Lisa Garcia Valdez is on her second climb. Other firefighters have joined throughout the years.
At the time of the attacks, the World Trade Center buildings were the tallest in the world with 110 floors each.
Firefighters wear their full gear just like the fallen firefighters did.
These small town men and women joined the nation in remembering all first responders and Americans who lost their lives in a terroristic attack against the United States.