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South Plains Fire Academy takes extra step to remember fallen firefighters

Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 at 10:52 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's been 17 years since terrorists hijacked four different planes, killing nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, people from all over the Hub City paid their respects, including some South Plains College fire students who took that extra step to honor fallen first responders.

Dozens of South Plains Fire Academy Students gathered to honor those fallen responders from 9/11 one step at a time.

"They decided as a class that they wanted to go ahead and honor the fallen firefighters and first responders from 9/11. The World Trade Center was 110 stories and we are going to duplicate that here on our tower by climbing our tower 18 times," Matt Hixon, SPC Fire Technology Coordinator, said.

It didn't matter what age these firefighters were, they were all here for the same reason.

"I'm like man, I'm an old man, but I told them I'll start off with you guys. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but it's an honor to do this it really is," Retired Fire Chief Steve Hailey said.

"It's one thing to say we will never forget - this is actually putting it in our heads, in our hearts that there's no way we can forget that kind of stuff. It's way too important, it's bigger than us, and we need to make sure something like that doesn't happen again," Student Darien Williams said.

The South Plains Fire Academy hopes to do this every year.

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