PHOTOS: First responders from across Brazos County gathered early Sunday morning outside the Stella Hotel in Bryan. The group of firefighters, police officers, and paramedics paused to pay tribute to their brothers and sisters that made the ultimate sacrifice 21 years ago today.
First responders, many in full gear climbed the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs as a tribute to the heroes who died at Ground Zero on 9/11.
The morning kicked off with first responders and their families taking a moment of silence to reflect on the lives lost followed by a prayer and playing of the national anthem.
As participants made the climb up the stairs, many stopped at the bottom to grab a photo of one of the fallen to accompany them up to the top. A total of 2,977 people died in the attacks that day including 343 New York City firefighters who died while trying to rescue people trapped inside the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.