Tower Challenge

Left to right are Lt. Caleb Bonds and firefighters Seth Brock, Alexandria Alford, JP Robert and Austin Yarbrough. (Lauren Estes)

Local first responders complete challenge remembering 9/11

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Fire Rescue firefighter Seth Brock said he and four fellow first responders have a new outlook on what firefighters felt on Sept. 11, 2001, after completing the 110-flight Tower Challenge at Cullman Savings Bank.

The Tower Challenge means carrying gear weighing between 60-80 pounds and climbing 2,071 steps, representing the 110 floors of the Twin Towers.

“This is the first time I did it,” Brock said. “It brings it into a new perspective by truly showing just how difficult it is.” 

Brock said he and four other firefighters,  Lt. Caleb Bonds, Austin Yarbrough, JP Robert and Alexandria Alford, agreed to complete the challenge after Bonds suggested it. 

“We regularly train in a four-story training tower, carrying extra hose bundles, but this was different,” Brock said. “I’m sure they knew that day they were climbing to their deaths. And that’s – that’s a different level of hard.”

Brock said they truly appreciate Cullman Savings Bank allowing them the opportunity to honor the heroes that attempted to climb 110 floors to a certain death to try to save those impacted in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

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