The 72-story climb was held at 4 World Trade Center.READ MORE: Man Slashed In Head Inside Times Square Subway Station
“Good cause. … Never forget that these guys gave the ultimate sacrifice,” one firefighter from Coral Gables, Florida, told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
The morning started with a moment of silence at the 9/11 Memorial. Then the 343 firefighters began their climb.
The number of participants matched the number of FDNY members killed on 9/11. Photos of each of them lined the stairwell at 4 World Trade Center on Sunday.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Innocent Children Caught In Middle Of Brazen Shooting In The Bronx
Sweaty and spent, finishers were greeted at the top.
The event was started by firefighters Chris Barber and John Mills.MORE NEWS: 'I Hope This Is The Beginning Of Something': Hundreds Flock To Harlem For Juneteenth Block Party
“Personally, I lost my father in the South Tower, so obviously he runs through my head,” Mills said.