Climbing for those who fell on 9/11

Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Crawford has lived in South Walton since 1972 and been a Realtor here for 25-plus years. She moved here from New Jersey.

Crawford found out about the climb when her son, who is a volunteer firefighter, was training for it two years ago. Her dad was also a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and in South Walton. She is a SWFD Fire Commissioner, Seat 7, since 2006.

"When I found out my son was doing it, I thought I would give it a shot," she said. "It is for a great cause, it benefits firefighters, and it's in memory of 9/11."

Crawford said completing the climb is something a person really has to train for as it comes down to stamina and endurance.

Amazingly, firefighters do the climb in the hot stairwell in full gear, just as it was done on 9/11.

"Some of their gear weighs 40 to 60 pounds," said Crawford. "They're tough."

But Crawford also saw families participating in the climb, including women who did it while holding babies.

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