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Ocean City Fundraiser for Fallen Firefighters

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Most people can remember the exact location where they were when the planes hit on Sept. 11, 2011. And for families of firefighters, this is impossible to forget. In New York City alone, 343 firefighters lost their life. In Ocean City, people gathered Saturday to raise money for families going through this exact type of loss.

At the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, nearly a hundred of firefighters, their families, and countless others gathered at the Pyramid Condos complex to climb 110 stories in honor of the fallen firefighters. This fundraiser has been done many times across the country, but this is the first time, that it's taken place on the Eastern Shore. To join the fundraiser, people needed to contribute $25, all of which goes to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  

One of those joining the fundraiser was Bryan Townsend, who is a firefighter for the Dagsboro Fire Department. His son Justin was also a firefighter, who just over a year ago lost his life while responding to a scene. 

"I love my son," he said of his son who was just 17 at the time of his death.  

He said his son was the exact type of person you would want to wear the uniform.

"He was eager and there was nothing he wouldn't do for a fellow firefighter," he said. "Same for people in the community. He was there to help no matter what."

To walk the 110 stories, those who joined needed walk up and down the stairwell 5.5 times. All of those walking, wore an ID card that said the name of a firefighter who lost his life. When they finished their walk, they would ring a bell and say the name of one of the lost firefighters.

Anthony Frisina is a firefighter from Girdletree who was ascending the steps on Saturday. He had approximately 10 ID cards clipped to his firefighting suit. He said he wanted to honor as many fallen firefighters as possible. He said firefighting has always been a passion for him.

"My house caught fire when I was younger," he said. "And I have friends and family that responded to 9/11. So it's very important to me." 

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