Firefighter Memorial Stair Climb

A New York City fire captain, who was on the job on September 11th, 2001, shares his memories in Sacramento with local firefighters. 

Like many in public safety careers in New York, and elsewhere, for Captain Mark Gregory, firefighting is all in the family.

"My grandfather was a New York City firefighter, my father, myself and my two brothers," said Gregory.

Gregory says it was dangerous for all of them - but that his father was lucky to come home that night.

"My father survived both towers coming dad," said Gregory. "One group went to the right, one went to the left, and unfortunately the group that went to the left didn't make it."

It's just bitter for some New York firefighting families, who Gregory says are still falling victim to the 9-11 attacks because they're dying of illnesses linked to exposure to all the hazardous materials that came down when the Twin Towers fell.

Gregory knew several of the firefighters who died that day and he honored one of them, his friend Gerry Dewan, by carrying his name as he made the yearly stair climb at Sacramento Renaissance Tower.

The stair climb is a fundraiser for the Sacramento-area Firefighters Widows and Orphans Fund.

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