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Clemson climbs stairs for fallen 9/11 first responders

Over the weekend, the emerging chapter at Clemson University took the extra step in remembering the victims from September 11, 2001.

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The brothers represented Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the campus steps of Sikes Hall in remembrance of those who passed.

Each brother climbed 110 flights of stairs in honor of the fallen first responders who climbed 110 flights of stairs that tragic day.

In total, the brothers climbed more than 7,000 flights of stairs as part of a fundraiser for the local fire department. 

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to show our appreciation for Clemson Fire and Emergency Medical Services, as well as for all our first responders across the Realm,” organizer Donivan Okolita said. “We enjoyed showing our respect for the heroes of 9/11, for respecting the sacrifice that they made and continue to make. We hope to make this an annual event and we look forward to working more with these departments in the Clemson community.”

On that tragic day, thousands of first responders rushed blindly to the service of those in need. Of the 2,977 victims lost, 343 were members of the New York City Fire Department. In total, 412 victims were first responders.

We will never forget September 11th. It is a day to reflect, remember, and a day to come together. The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon will continue our support of 9/11 victims, first responders, and never forget the seven brothers who perished.