A local firefighter is honoring those who died on this day 18 years ago.

Seth Vasquez, a Spencerville firefighter, is climbing 1980 steps, nearly 110 floors for the first time in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. Vasquez remembers he was in Spanish class when he learned of the news and says that was a day he will never forget. 

“It's in silence for me to do this. I have a picture of the 343 [people] on the twin towers that I'll be looking at while I'm doing it. And just remembering the sacrifice, ultimate sacrifice that they gave, the families they left behind, honoring those families that lost their loved ones,” says Vasquez.

To add to this challenge, Vasquez is wearing his full uniform that adds an extra 75 pounds and this is only his second time ever using the stair stepper. He hopes that people will never forget this date.

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