Greenfield officers and firefighters climb stairs to honor 9/11 victims

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Members of the Greenfield Fire and Police Departments geared up – with up to 80 pounds of equipment – to climb 110 flights of stairs exactly 18 years after the attacks on September 11th.

“It’s the same number of steps that were in both twin towers that fell on 9/11,” said Michael Cachat of the Fire Department. “We are doing this in support of our brother fire fighters and police officers, to make sure people don’t forget what happened that day.”

“They gave their lives,” added Matthew McCarthy, a fire fighter. “They just went all in – no doubt, no regret. They just go right at it.”

Dan and Matthew McCarthy are father and son. Dad, Dan, is a police sergeant and son, Matthew, is a fire fighter. Today, they climbed the stairs side by side, to raise money for the victims of 9/11.

“I was working. I was the shift commander on days during 9/11. Now, seeing him in the position to be able to help is fulfilling,” said Dan.

“I’m filled with a sense of pride being married to a police officer for 30 years and raising a firefighter,” said mom and wife, Monica. “It’s just the greatest of honors.”

The officers and firefighters are donating money to the 9/11 fund that the Greenfield Police Association and Greenfield Firefighters Union will match.

All of the money raised will go towards the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which helps people who were killed, injured, or sickened as a result of the terror attacks.

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