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Bravery of 9/11 firefighters convinces one mid-state man to become firefighter

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NASHVILLE, Tenn, -- 343 firefighters died when the Twin Towers fell on 9/11.

Joe Gamble is proof something else happened that day.

"It actually got me into firefighting," said Gamble. "Just looking at these guys sacrificing, I mean they made the ultimate sacrifice to do what they could do to save a fellow man."

Gamble says the bravery of those firefighters charging up the stairs in the Twin Towers convinced him to become a firefighter.

Sunday morning the Estill Springs firefighter joined 342 other firefighters from across Tennessee to relive the 9/11 climb at the William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower.

Each firefighter taking part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb walked up the building's stairs 4 times in full gear as a symbolic gesture of the physical challenge firefighters faced climbing the Twin Towers' 110 stories.

"It's a blessing to see there are so many willing to come out for such a wonderful cause," said Charity Snook.

Snook's husband is a firefighter.

Every year the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb raises money for the families of firefighters who died on 9/11.

This year it's estimated the event raised $13,000 for the cause.

Bradley County Firefighter Aaron Hicks says it also helps keep the memory of that sacrifice alive.

"You know that's the largest loss of life in fire service in American history so I feel it's up to me and others to preserve their memory," said Hicks.

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