Local emergency responders and several residents grabbed a badge of a fallen first responder Tuesday night, clipped it to their shirt and carried it up Snow King with them.
The badges bore names and photos of firefighters and law enforcement officers who died while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“When crisis was happening, there were hundreds of emergency responders who ran toward danger, knowing that by running into the World Trade Center that they were taking incredible risk,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen. “A lot of communities are keeping the memory alive by doing stair climbs, by climbing the tallest building in their community to represent the sacrifice made by the emergency responders.”
A marked trail up Snow King guided hikers to 1,368 feet, the height of the former Twin Towers.
Battalion Chief Brian Coe carried Patrick Lyons’ badge.
“He was on squad 252,” Coe said. “My wife was able to research him and found his wife on Facebook and reached out to her. We wrote her a little note and said we’re taking him to the top of Snow King to remember him and that he isn’t forgotten today.”
The badges helped contribute to a bigger turnout for this year’s memorial hike, Coe said.
“It’s a more personal touch,” he said.
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, Teton County Search and Rescue, Community Emergency Response Team and others participated in Tuesday’s hike.
“This is a growing tradition in our community and something we’ll continue to support,” Hansen said.