SAN DIEGO – For the last several years, local firefighters have joined in the remembrance of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

This year, Alice Firefighter Robert Valdez and his wife Lisa Garcia Valdez, San Diego Firefighters Robert Montezuma and Alexandra Gonzalez, and Firefighter Matt Valdez with the San Diego and San Antonio Fire Departments will be climbing the stairs just as the first responders did that tragic day in 2001.

“I do the climb to honor my brothers we lost,” Firefighter Robert Valdez said.

Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Each participant will climb the 110 stairs in memory of a New York Firefighter. Each participant will receive 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. Montezuma and Gonzalez are on their first and Lisa Garcia Valdez is on her second climb. Other firefighters have joined throughout the years.

The stair memorial climbs will be held in San Antonio on Tuesday and McAllen on Saturday.

At the time of the attacks, the World Trade Center buildings were the tallest in the world with 110 floors each.

Firefighters will wear their full gear just like the fallen firefighters did.

These small town men and women will join the nation in remembering all first responders and Americans who lost their lives in a terroristic attack against the United States.