Hill Climb honors 9/11 responders

JACKSON, Wyo. — On September 11, 2001, emergency responders climbed the stairs of the World Trade Center to save lives. Eighteen years later, Jackon’s emergency responders will climb Snow King to honor the heroes of 9/11.

The public is invited to join Jackson Hole Fire/EMS at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Phil Baux Park. The hike is a tribute to the 412 emergency workers who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Fire departments across the country do their own version, but typically in larger cities it’s a stair climb. Only fitting that Jackson should use its town hill — the elevation gain from Phil Baux to Snow King’s last switchback is approximately the same as the World Trade Center.

“Jackson Hole Fire/EMS invites all members of this great community to come remember the fateful day where so many were lost. Let us never forget,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Chief Brady Hansen. “Please join us to remember that day and honor their lives.”

CERT members will be serving free hot dogs and hamburgers to all families that participate starting at 7:00 PM.

Show up early and receive a clip-on ID badge with pictures and names of all First Responders who lost their lives on 9/11. Participants will be asked to wear one of these badges to honor the first responders as they climb Snow King.

“We think that including the pictures and names of all the first responders that sacrificed their lives that day is a unique way to pay tribute and honor these heroes,” Hansen said. “We really hope enough community members show up so that every badge climbs up that hill.”

In addition to the Snow King Hill Climb, the Jackson Hole emergency response community will continue to hold an annual 9/11 memorial ceremony on the Town Square at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 11.

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