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Local firefighters climb Manitou Incline to honor fallen 9/11 firefighters

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It's a hike the Cheyenne Mountain Fire Department will never forget.

Five of them hiked the Manitou Incline, in full gear, to pay tribute to the nearly 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.

Similar climbs are done all over the country, to pay tribute each year.

We spoke to one firefighter who says they chose the Incline because it is the best resemblance to the World Trade Center in their area.

"A lot of people were saying some of the things that we hear from people coming down the towers: 'why are you guys going up in your gear?," explained RJ Gerry, with the Cheyenne Mountain Fire Department.

"And we just say 'hey, we're here to carry their legacy on.  It's a memorial for the family members and our fallen brothers and sisters," he added.

Normally, they'd wait until September 11th to do the hike, but chose to do it early this year since the incline is closing later this month.

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