Tennessee firefighter climbs stair machine to honor 9/11 victims

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. — A photo taken by a Planet Fitness employee shows a Tennessee firefighter climbing 110 sets of stairs in full uniform to honor his fallen comrades of 9/11.

Lezlie Bauler posted the picture on Facebook Sunday and said the man walked into the gym and asked her if he’d be able to do the special act.

This man asked if it was okay for him to climb 110 sets, fully suited, of stairs in honor of his fallen brothers and sisters for 9-11. Yes sir, you can. I am not one to get emotional, but a few tears were shed. Thank you for your services.

In addition to Bauler’s comments,  WGRZ reports the firefighter, identified as Jason Harding, released a statement of his own:

“When I went to the gym this morning at 6am before coming onto shift I was only wanting to honor the fallen heroes and their families on this day 15 years ago. I was not and am still not looking for any self-recognition. I have received so may private messages via Facebook from people expressing that support, gratitude and blessings. Many stated my act brought them to tears but little do they know, their support did the same for me. I want to thank everyone that shared and commented in response to this post. It it proof that although we seem divided as a country at times, we unite at the most crucial times.”

In a little over 23 hours, the picture has more than 298 likes and 137,285 shares.