Firefighters participate in challenge honoring 9/11 first responders
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – If you walked past the Lake Charles Civic Center today, you may have noticed firefighters participating in an obstacle course. It’s all part of a global competition as first responders compete to be the best of the best. This year, everything is in honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11.
Firefighters competed for the fastest time, scaling a five-story tower at full speed, rescuing casualties, hoisting and dragging a 240-pound hose. ESPN has dubbed the firefighter fight challenge the “toughest two minutes in sport.”
The regional competitions held at the civic center on Friday drew crowds of supporters cheering on their firefighters and wives.
“Oh yes, I admire them a lot,” said Jeanne Perkins, the wife of one of the competing firefighters. “I wish I could do it.”
One of those competitors is Cheri Ardoin, who also helps run the program.
“I have reached 18 years of world events. At world events there are probably 20 different countries competing now, ”Ardoin said.
Competitors honored the brave first responders in the 9/11 attacks.
“Even when we go up the stairs, we do 110 floors, and we do it in full gear, in the air, and sometimes we carry pipe bags with us. Along the stairs we put all the photos of the people who died on September 11th, so while you struggle to climb those stairs you look at these guys and think about the struggle and dedication they made and their families that day, ”Ardoin said.
“We worry every now and then, but at the same time, we know they’re training and they’re ready for it, especially knowing they’re physically ready,” Perkins said.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, a children’s class and games are open to the public, as well as team competitions.
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