More than 500 climb stairs for Panama City Beach 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's been nearly 20 years since hundreds of first responders lost their lives saving others during 9/11. On Saturday, many honored their sacrifices.

Saturday, more than 500 people from across the country made 10 trips up and down the stairs at Edgewater Beach Resort to honor first responders who lost their lives during 9/11 (WJHG/WECP)

More than 500 people from across the country made 10 trips up and down the stairs at Edgewater Beach Resort to equal 110 stories.

"The first responders climbed the stairs that day to make as many rescues as they could and we thought this was a fitting way to pay tribute," said Panama City Beach 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Event Coordinator Terry Paris.

"It puts you in their shoes, to see all that gear they were carrying and to go up all those flights of stairs," said Bay County Resident Marcus Jones.

Many walked with their teams and family while representing fallen first responders and their families. New Orleans Firefighter Ryan Dellucky is climbing for Fallen Firefighter Robert Foti.

"We actually Facetimed the widow while we were climbing up here the first time and she was extremely excited," said Dellucky.

Some say the event is also a way to educate others about the importance of 9/11 to make sure no one forgets.

"Don't forget that's the main thing. Don't forget what happened remember what they sacrificed," said Dellucky.

Event organizers say all proceeds from the event go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Emerald Coast First Responders Association.

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