Area firefighters took part in the annual Central New York Memorial Stair Climb at the Utica State Building last month. The climb of 110 floors honors the firefighters who died in the line of duty Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. The ceremonial stair climb includes numerous symbolic elements like passing of the flag, a bell ceremony and an accountability board. Each climber who took part wore two ID tags to represent one of the 9/11 responders. At the conclusion of the climb, each climber kept one tag and hung the other one on the accountability board made to honor the fallen. Stan Zombek and Steven Eilers of the Deansboro Fire Department took part in the event. Zombek called his experience awesome. Paddy O’Sullivan, a Clinton native who now works with the Fire Department of the City of New York, also took part in the stair climb.
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