ND 9/11 Memorial Climb at state capitol

BISMARCK, N.D. - In honor of 9/11, first responders and people from across the state participated in the North Dakota memorial climb.

More than a hundred people participated.

The money from registration goes to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year alone they raised several thousand dollars. And since they started making this climb four years ago, they've raised more than $25,000.

Raising the money is important to them, but they say the climb has a lasting impact.

A turnout bigger than ever.

James Linderman/ Carrington Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief: "Just to walk it and think about what they were thinking and going through. It's a big thought, it keeps you going, it's a lot of work and you carry a lot of weight and you're doing it as a memory.

First responders from all over the state going up the Capitol stairs in honor of the lives lost in 911. They're going up with their entire gear, and I’m not even wearing half of it.

Climbing 17 floors, six- and- a half times to be exact. To remember the 110 stories responders had to go up in the Twin Towers.

Josh Sherman/ Carrington Firefighter: "Thinking about what they had to go through on that day. And they were carrying a lot more equipment than we were. Hoses, axes, and all different types of tools up the flights of stairs to help people."

Each person also got a badge with one of the 343 firefighters who died on 911.

They say this helps the victims know people haven't forgotten about them.

Patrick Martin/ Mandan Fire Department Captain: "Now that we're 17 years out I think there's a whole generation out there that wasn't or isn't familiar with it like we are."

Regardless, firefighters of all ages climbed to show their respect.

They say they want to do this for many years to come.

And like you saw, many sweaty and tired faces going up and down the capitol to show their respect.

I can attest, it was a tough climb.