The firefighters climbed to the top of the mountain Wednesday morning.
Photo: John Spink/
Photo: John Spink/

Metro Atlanta firefighters climb Stone Mountain to honor 9/11 victims

About 70 firefighters ascended to the top of Stone Mountain on Wednesday morning in honor of the lives lost 18 years ago on 9/11.

First responders from Fayetteville, Fayette County, Henry County, Spalding County, Union City, Morrow and Barrow County took part in the fifth annual hike in full firefighting gear, according to a statement from Stone Mountain Park.

Local firefighters begin the climb to the top of Stone Mountain on Sept. 11, 2019.
Photo: John Spink/

The trek began about 9 a.m. The 1-mile climb is equivalent to walking up about 160 flights of stairs.

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The park invited guests to join the climb or meet the firefighters at the summit.

Several observances are scheduled Wednesday around the metro area to honor the 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001, in what is considered the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil. More than 300 firefighters and paramedics died responding to the terrorist attacks.

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