Remembering firefighters lost in the 9/11 attacks while climbing Kelowna’s Knox Mountain – Kelowna Capital News

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Remembering Firefighters Lost in the 9/11 Attacks While Climbing Kelowna’s Knox Mountain




Firefighters and civilians gathered at the base of Knox Mountain in Kelowna on Sunday morning (Sept. 11) for the annual stair climb in remembrance of firefighters lost in the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack.

Firefighter Torrey McLeran from Station 1 participated for the second time.

“They must have climbed 110 stories, I believe,” McLeran said of those fighting on the front lines when the Twin Towers were hit. “We’re just doing something to commemorate that.”

Kelowna firefighters put on their full gear for the climb, some carrying a fire hose over their shoulder.

“It’s a good way to remember, because it’s physical,” McLeran said, noting he was carrying about 60 to 70 pounds of flat. “It’s like wearing a snowsuit.”

A small ceremony was held at 9 a.m. with remarks from members of the Kelowna Fire Department and the reading of the firefighter’s prayer.

The walk raised funds for the Kelowna Burn Fund.

It’s the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.


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