Neath the Sunsphere

On Saturday, first responders in Knoxville participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 firefighters who died in New York on 9/11/01. The participants climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at the Sunsphere while wearing their gear.

Similar events have taken place in other cities over the years but Saturday’s event was the first in Knoxville. It raised funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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I learned of the event via a press release from Visit Knoxville. I emailed Communications Director Erin Donovan, asking her to express the appreciation of Terry Hatton’s relatives to the participants.

Erin responded via Facebook. She told me that Jason Toth of the Knoxville Fire Department carried the memorial card for my cousin Terry. She included a photo of Jason, third from left, as well as a photo of Terry’s card. She posted the photos to Instagram too.

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