APPLETON - On the 12th anniversary, Appleton police officers and firefighters remembered 9/11 in their own way by walking flights of stairs at Lawrence University's Banta Bowl.
For fire Capt. Jordan Steel, the memory of 9/11/2001 is crystal clear. He was watching the news with his wife.
"I'll never forget when the first tower collapsed I turned to her and I said, 'some of my brothers just died.'" Steel told FOX 11.
Steel joined about a dozen other firefighters and police officers Wednesday to honor those lives lost.
"Never forget. And people won't," said police Sgt. Matthew Peeters.
Peeters organized this 3rd annual event of officers running the Banta Bowl steps. Twenty-three each way, 110 times.
"Twenty-three for the number of New York City police department officers that died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and 110 times is the number of flights in each tower," explained Peeters.
Watching them run are 23 faces much like their own.
"We have photos of the NYPD officers that are on the steps and that helps kind of remind everyone why we're here," Peeters explained.
And the firefighters wore full gear to show solidarity with the firefighters who died on 9/11.
"It's a tremendously physical, daunting task and so to commemorate them we wanted to do the same type of work they did," explained Steel.
But Peeters told us they're not just honoring those who died.
"It's also the families. It's about the husbands, wives, children, loved ones they left behind," said Peeters.
But Steel told us firefighters and police officers go to work each day knowing they might not come home. He said that what makes them all brothers.
"It's a brotherhood because it's a job that's about serving your fellow man, but it's a job that requires sacrifice to do it. Because of that we have a special bond," Steel explained, a special bond to be remembered on 9/11 and every day.
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