MANVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — The attacks on September 111th, 2001 claimed the lives of over 3,000 people, of which 343 were New York City firefighters.
On Wednesday night six firefighters from Manville Fire Department climbed 110-floors in honor of those fallen brothers and sisters.
According to firefighter David Morelle, fellow firefighter Tyler Ruggiero came up with the idea. The two along with firefighters Edwin Montoya, Joshua Loiselle, Matthew Jalette, and Mike Bonollo stepped-up to the challenge.
They dressed in full gear and went to Planet Fitness in Woonsocket where they climbed on a stepping machine.
Morelle tells us the gear weighs 48-pounds.
“It took the six a total of four hours to complete, trading on and off three stair-stepping machines,” said Morelle.
For firefighter Loiselle, he was in the first grade the day of the attack. He told me, he didn’t think twice about participating.
“Very challenging– mentally and physically. You just have to find it within your self to push on through and keep on going,” said Loiselle.
Fire Chief Peter Adam told Eyewitness News that he is proud of his team.
“For a younger group to think of that type of commitment to the fire service, it gave me a great sense of pride.”
When asked, “will you continue this year after year?” The response was they hope to do so.