THIS WORKOUT CREW paid tribute Friday to the first responders who died on 9/11 by climbing 2,200 stairs, the same number of stairs in each of the towers of the World Trade Center. Pictured, first row, l-r: Cornelius Matheny, Donica Williams and Clay Cooper; second row, Jeremy Jones, Lafe Perkins and Zane Connell; third row, Seth Stanaland and Walter Godwin.
When a group of local workout enthusiasts met for their Friday morning session, they decided to use the time to also pay tribute to those first responders who died on September 11, 2001.
Donica Douglas Williams leads the “bootcamp” workouts and Friday’s session was held at the Cairo High School stadium.
Williams says, “People that know me know that I enjoy a good workout. I am blessed to be surrounded by quite a few like-minded people. This year, we decided that instead of our Friday morning bootcamp we would pay tribute to the heroes that lost their lives 19 years ago. It seems like such a small gesture compared to what they endured that day.”
The participants climbed 2,200 steps in recognition of the 110 flights of stairs at the World Trade Center.
“There are 15 steps in one flight. We needed to complete 2,200 steps up. There is no credit for going down. We did a little extra for the families left behind,” says Williams. “We are truly thankful for Dr. (Kermit) Gilliard, Mr. (Chris) Lokey, coach (Tom) Fallaw and Randy Bearden for helping us with this. We needed the C.H.S. football stadium lights on and we needed to get into the stadium at 5 a.m. They graciously made this happen.”
Williams says she and the crew snaked the stadium 12 full times from one end to the other to make the 2,200 steps.
“It always feels good to do something and be a part of something bigger than you. Quitting was never an option,” says Williams. “I think there is more good in people and in the world than we choose to see sometimes. Thank you to all of our local first responders and in a world full of hate, be a light.”