This is the type of young man whose ambition, dedication, and respect can inspire an entire community.  And if you're a parent or relative, how can you not be beaming with pride?

On Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a Hudson High School senior completed the "110 Story Challenge" on Saturday - and he did it in full turnout gear - as a way to honor the 343 brave firefighters who tragically lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

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In a proud Facebook post by the Hudson City School District, Ethan Garbarini is shown at a local Planet Fitness on a treadmill, in his firefighter gear, working the stairclimber as a salute to our fallen heroes.

The challenge is designed to simulate the arduous task that firefighters faced on 9/11; many of them climbing as high as110 stories in a brave attempt to rescue innocent people trapped inside the burning buildings.  All the while knowing that their lives may be in jeopardy.

On September 11, 2001, 343 of the cities' bravest lost their lives and Ethan's salute to those men and women was as personal as it was commendable.

According to the post by his high school, Ethan is not only a member of the Stottville Fire Department but has already enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army all while being a standout volleyball player.

The challenge to remember the sacrifice of an FDNY brother isn't a race, and often takes firefighters up to an hour to complete.  In some instances, it may take 30-45 minutes.

A firefighter's gear can weigh up to 75 lbs, but the average weight is roughly 45 lbs.


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