PRINCETON, W.Va. — Firefighters and other first responders met under rainy skies Saturday morning to exert themselves and remember colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice 21 years ago when terrorists attacked the United States.
The second annual Memorial Stair Climb at the Anne S. Hunnicutt Stadium in Princeton honored the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center’s towers in New York City and into the Pentagon.
A fourth airliner crashed in Shanksville, Penn. after passengers rushed the cockpit to overpower the hijackers.
Pastor Patrick Terry led the invocation with a prayer recalling the first responders who lost their lives when the Twin Towers suddenly collapsed.
“Dear Heavenly Father, today we come together to remember the lives of the men and women of the fire and rescue, the police and the EMS workers, and every first responder who chose their fellow man’s lives over their own,” Terry prayed. “The sacrifice from that day will never be forgotten. It was the day that the heroism from every public servant overshadowed the terrorism.” …