Georgia Firefighters Hike Up Stone Mountain in Full Gear to Honor 9/11 Emergency Responders

A group of firefighters from various counties in Georgia hiked up Stone Mountain in full gear on the morning of September 11, carrying American flags “in memory of those who gave their lives” in the 9/11 attacks 18 years ago.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the group of about 70 was composed of first responders from Fayetteville, Fayette County, Henry County, Spalding County, Union City, Morrow, and Barrow County, and the climb – a one-mile trek equivalent to climbing 160 flights of stairs – was the fifth annual time firefighters had hiked up Stone Mountain on September 11.

Of the 2,977 people killed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001, 412 were emergency workers in New York City. The Twin Towers each had 110 flights of stairs.

This livestreamed footage shows the firefighters reaching the top of Stone Mountain. Credit: Stone Mountain Park via Storyful