Tucson’s 9/11 Tower Challenge honors those lost in terror attack
The 9/11 Tower Challenge brought more than a thousand people to Arizona Stadium on Friday morning, where they climbed stairs in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago.
Police officers, firefighters, military and family members walked up 2,071 steps, a number that signifies the number of steps in the Twin Towers.
More than 300 New York City firefighters as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
Natali Medlen, the wife of a Northwest firefighter, recalls where she was the day of the attacks.
“I was in class and I remember seeing it. Everybody just stopped and kind of went across the whole entire intercom and then we turned on the TVs and we were able to see it. I’ll never forget that.”
She and her husband took part in the Tower Challenge.
“We did this last year and I’m going to keep coming every single year after this because I think it’s very important to know what they did for us and what they do for our country and that we’re so blessed to live here.”
Tim Froebe works as a bomb technician with the Tucson Police Department. He’s been with TPD for a little over 20 years. Froebe said climbing more than 2,000 steps in bomb tech gear definitely isn’t easy.
“This is our job as bomb techs to wear this equipment but it gives us a little bit greater appreciation for what those guys did in climbing all those stairs with all that equipment.”
Natali, Tim and thousands of others keep the memory alive, honoring those who died on 9/11 and recognizing those who serve and protect the freedoms of the United States every day.
Froebe said, “This is just a small experience of that and certainly without the pressures that they felt. It’s our way of remembering them.”