COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Step by step, firefighters from across the state of Colorado tackled the Manitou Incline to honor the heroes of 9/11.
Firefighters from across the state of Colorado took on the Manitou Incline on 9/11/19 to honor the 343 firefighters lost on 9/11/01.
Wednesday's hike was R.J. Gerry's fourth in 60 pounds worth of firefighter gear up the treacherous steps. The physical weight wasn't bearing down on him nearly as much as the weight on his mind.
"I'm thinking about all of them," Gerry said as he scaled the steps. "All 343."
Gerry was referring to the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when our country was attacked. He's never hiked the incline without his gear.
"To me, this is a sacred spot," Gerry explained. "I only do it in my gear."
Other firefighters from across the state joined him in overcoming about 2,744 steps over 2,000 feet of elevation. A small sacrifice in honor of a much larger one made 18 years ago.
You can watch their journey in the video at the top of this article.