Bryan, Tx- The Bryan Fire Department knows the meaning of brotherhood.
Tomorrow, beginning at 8:00 a.m., local fire and police departments will gather at the Varisco building in Bryan, Texas to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, NY, and the fallen firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel who died in their effort to respond to the scene.
The Bryan Fire Department will be climbing 110 stories - the height the World Trade Center stood - to signify the commitment of the fallen service men and women. Participants will also be climbing in personal protective gear most often used when fighting fire - the same type of equipment those responding to the World Trade Center wore.
"This event is significant as we are trying to honor the biggest loss of life the fire service has ever seen," said Jordan Gallagher, fire battalion chief for the Bryan Fire Department. "We are trying to honor those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to help people they didn't even know. With the tragedies this year, it hits a lot closer to home for our department."
Four Bryan firefighters were injured in the Knights of Columbus Hall fire on February 15, 2013. Ricky Mantey Jr. and Mitch Moran were critically injured in the flames and underwent extensive treatment at the Galveston Burn Center. Two others, Lt. Eric Wallace and Lt. Greg Pickard, died as a result of injuries sustained during the fire.
Bryan firefighter and piper Marc Murchison will play prior to the climb. This is the third consecutive year the Bryan Fire Department has hosted a memorial service to honor 9/11.