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Reservists commemorate 9/11 anniversary with fire climb

Firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron gather to say a prayer
before their annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron gather to say a prayer before their annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Airman Michael Rowell and fellow firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron gear up and carry fire hoses during their annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Airman Michael Rowell and fellow firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron gear up and carry fire hoses during their annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Airman Zachary Mandevill, a firefighter from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, carries a hose up the fire training tower during the annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Airman Zachary Mandevill, a firefighter from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, carries a hose up the fire training tower during the annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron climb the steps of the fire training tower for 56 minutes during the annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron climb the steps of the fire training tower for 56 minutes during the annual 9/11 fire climb Sept. 13, 2015 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. This marks the 6th year that the Reservists have commemorated the victims and workers of 9/11 attacks by climbing the fire training tower for 56 minutes, which is the time it took for the south tower to collapse after being struck by an airliner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- This year marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron honored the fallen with their 6th annual fire climb Sept. 13 to remember the victims and heroes who perished that day.

Several members donned firefighter gear and traded packs of equipment as they climbed up and down the fire training tower at the end of Reserve Road. They carried hatchets, oxygen tanks, fire hoses and the U.S. flag. Emergency medical technicians kept time to ensure the firefighters participating could complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse after it was struck by an airliner.

The fire climb is a way to pay proper respect to the heroes of the day and the victims. Not only was there silence, prayer and reflection but each member was able to get a glimpse of what it was like on that day to climb those stairs while  attempting to get help to those that needed it. According to the event planners, the event will continue for years to come in the 507th Air Refueling Wing.