As the 17th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Upstate firefighters are gearing up to remember those first responders who lost their lives that day.

Greenville City Firefighters are organizing the second annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Landmark building in downtown Greenville this Saturday, September 8th.

They'll climb the equivalent of 110 stories, the same number as the 343 New York City firefighters did who lost their lives.

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And they'll do it with some 60 pounds of gear on.

Thomas Tardo is a firefighter with the Greenville City Fire Department. "They ran in for the chance to help people and they climbed the stairs, they helped everybody they could, and that day they put themselves ahead of everybody."

We asked the firefighters what they're thinking about when they do the climb. They told us: all those who died helping others on September 11th, 2001.

Micah Rains is a firefighter and EMT for the Greenville City Fire Department. "It definitely pushes us to climb harder when we think about our brothers and sisters. It gives us that motivation when we're 54 flights in and asking ourselves why we're doing this."

The climb is open to anyone. It's not a race, so you can climb at your own pace.

It starts at 8am this Saturday, September 8th, at the Landmark building in downtown Greenville.

The $25 registration fee will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

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