KRONENWETTER Wis. (WAOW) — On September 11th, 2001, 403 first responders sacrificed their lives saving thousands.
Now a race is dedicated to honoring 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department, 23 members of the New York City Police Department and 343 members of the New York City Fire Department that laid down their lives those whose names they never knew.
“I am running for Moira Ann Smith who was the only female New York City police officer to have been killed in the line of duty,” said Grace Peters, running for Moira Ann Smith.
Peters was able to contact Moira’s family to let them know she was running Saturday morning in her honor.
Peters said, “I was able to get into a group on Facebook where I met her husband and I was able to message her daughter and a few of her cousins.” Going on to say, “Through research I found out she was Irish-American so I wore my Claddagh necklace today in honor of her.”
With the choice to run a 5k, 10k of a 1 mile firefighter challenge, where each firefighter ran a mile dressed in full gear. “They were strong enough to give everything they had, so we’re strong enough to run a mile,” said Brianna Glodowski, a firefighter for the Kronenwetter Fire Department.
Everyone from parents, to children too young to witness the sacrifice came out for the 5th annual race hosted by the Village of Kronenwetter Fire Department.
“It’s pretty incredible to see this all come together, it’s a lot of hard work and planning but it’s great to see the community come together and remember what happened 18 years ago,” said Heather Preston, co-chair director for Run for the Fallen.
And with every step, we remember the 2,977 Americans that never made it home to their loved ones, who miss them everyday. Now first responders honoring those, who gave it all.
Run for the Fallen supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in providing assistance to families and co-workers of fallen fire heroes in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.