On Sept. 7, members of the Wadesboro Police Department, Wadesboro Fire Department, and of other emergency service departments in Anson County participated in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Charlotte at the Duke Energy Center.
The Stair Climb is a national event that supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, and EMS members climb flights of stairs in memory of those who lost their lives Sept.11, 2001. Every climber carries a photograph and biographical sketch of a firefighter who lost their life on that tragic day. Many climbers climb in full uniform as they pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.
Wadesboro was represented by George Bolger, Mitchell Sutton, Colton Sutton, Justin Block, Jessica Pigg and Brad Taylor. Several of those who participated described the memorial as being very humbling and emotional. Others stated that the experience and feelings are indescribable. They were very proud and honored to stand with fellow brothers and sisters of various emergency service departments in memory of those who gave their lives to save others.
In a joint statement, Chief T. Spencer of the Wadesboro Police Department and Chief J. Burns of the Wadesboro Fire Department said, “We are very proud of the entire team for participating in such an important event. We all know that when we enter the field of emergency services, we may be asked to sacrifice our life for another one day. The team climbed in honor of and to remember those who gave their lives without hesitation to save others that terrible day. We will never forget the brothers and sisters we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The team did an outstanding job and again we are so proud of the team’s dedication and their representation of all that we stand for.”