Campanile climb in honor of 9/11's heroes

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - An anniversary that will live in infamy, seventeen years ago the nation watched in horror as two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center.

The brave first responders climbed 1,980 steps to the twin towers. Now, veterans, South Dakota State University students, South Dakota first responders, and community members from Brookings climbed the Campanile five and a half times in honor of them.

Jared Fedorchik, a sophomore at SDSU, planned the entire event all to honor 9/11 first responders.

"It was kind of a spur of the moment thing. I've been a first responder for two years now," Fedorchik said.

Seventeen years ago, Fedorchik was just a baby, but now he is giving back to those that risked everything that day.

"I've still worked with people that were there at Ground Zero, lost people at Ground Zero," he said. "And it's kind of going back to that united thing. All first responders are brothers and sisters, whether you're a firefighter in the wildlands in California or a cop in New York or Chicago. First responders are all brothers and sisters."

Dozens of people showed up to on campus to climb the massive chimes tower. Some even wearing full firefighter or combat gear.

"I wanted to participate because I just wanted to, you know, commemorate the ones that did the sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice," Justin Obaniana, SDSU sophomore, said. "For being in the twin towers during 9/11."

Those involved tell me it is the least they can do for the heroes on the seventeenth anniversary.