Firefighters and Cintas employees walk down Euclid Street on the way to the Fireman’s Clubhouse Saturday. The walk was equivalent to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Firefighters and Cintas employees walk down Euclid Street on the way to the Fireman’s Clubhouse Saturday. The walk was equivalent to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS — Dozens of firefighters and Cintas workers walked from the Fire Station on Second Street to the Fireman’s Clubhouse near Leisure Park on Saturday. The walk was equivalent to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

Volunteer firefighter Chad Martin was proud to participate in the event.

“It’s great to have the support from Cintas and remember the 343 firefighters that perished that day and the families they left behind,” Martin said. “Not to mention the thousands that have died in the last 20 years that people don’t recognize or know about. A lot of them who have cancer and different complications from 20 years ago are still dying.”

Martin is a second generation firefighter.

“I am happy to serve and to help people and try to save their belongings and homes and there are lives we save during accidents, too,” Martin said “It’s not to be a hero, it’s to help the communities we live in and the people who are in need.”

Cintas partnered with the Delphos Fire Department for the event that marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Donations taken during the event will be used to help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create and maintain programs to support fire service survivors and aide the surviving families and friends.

SSR for Cintas Jennifer Sowards coordinated the event with the local fire department.

“We need to remember the ultimate sacrifice the firefighters made that day. It is really important. This is the first year we have partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and it is everything to remember those we’ve lost,” Sowards said. “I was 22 on Sept. 11, 2001, and I had my 1-year-old with me and I was at the beauty shop doing my grandmother’s hair when the attack happened. My life has changed more than I can describe after that day. I think we all have.”

Cintas provided lunch for everyone after the walk.