BURLEY, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) The events of September 11, 2001 will last a lifetime, especially for those directly impacted by the tragedy.
Two Burley firefighters head to New York City later this month, participating in the city's memorial stair climb and take in the experience of an incident that rocked our nation forever.
Volunteer firefighter Brian Addis remembers that day, "I was at home, just woke up, I watched TV and saw smoke of one of the towers."
Addis is training for the New York City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. "You're in full gear, you're on air, you have approximately 70 pounds worth of gear, you have full your full firefighters' turnouts," he exclaimed.
He along with Justin Jensen are no stranger to stair climbs. "This will be my ninth," according to Jensen.
Proceeds this year benefit the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. The New York City firefighter died last year of cancer associated with the 9/11 events. Jensen added that "a lot of guys are dying of cancer still to this day."
According to his foundation, Pfiefer lobbied to extend the Zadroga Act through 2090, extending coverage for the 75,000 who need treatment for health conditions developed as a direct result of 9/11 exposure. "So it benefits the medical costs and what the insurance doesn't cover," Jensen said.
The training process is grueling. Addis exclaimed, "the very first time in Seattle was an amazing test. It's the most enduring challenge I've ever had, we train usually for three–four months beforehand. You spend every day in the gym climbing, not only climbing, you'll also have to improve cardio, muscles and cardio."
80 stories and 1,600 steps, just one challenge in the effort to keep these heroes' memories alive. "There are only 343 invited, each guy that died gets someone to climb for."
The event takes place July 1st. If you want to donate, check out the links provided next to this article.