3rd annual 9/11 stair climb raised thousands for first responders

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- It has become a ritual in the United States each September 11th pausing for part of the day to remember the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. In honor of that, Meridian took a day to remember those victims and first responders by hosting the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

Many people came out to support and participate in the 3rd Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

"You get to see your community to come together like we all did on September the 12th. We all came together as one community, one nation and that's what we're doing here today," says planning committee member Christy Roberts.

The event was held at the Arts District Parking Garage in Meridian. Firefighters, police officers and civilians took part in the 110-story challenge to raise money for local first responders.

"I think we should honor our first responders every day. This is just one way we can give back to them and let them know how much they mean to us," says event organizer Diann Sollie.

Runners ran up the stairs 22 times for a total of 110 flights which is the same as the first responders in the World Trade Center.

"First responders always have our backs, you call them and they are there. If one of these guys has a tragedy in their family, if they have a wreck can't work or house burns down we have a benevolence fund that will help them out in their time of need," says Roberts.

The main importance is that we never forget 9/11 and what happened to our country.

Sollie says the money raised exceeded expectations before the stair climb even started. She says they have raised approximately $6,000 to $7,000 dollars.