A Planet Fitness employee's Facebook post about a firefighter paying homage to his fallen brothers and sisters of Sept. 11 is going viral.
Lezlie Bauler was working her shift at a local Planet Fitness in Tennessee when a man arrived in full firefighter gear with an unusual request, WBIR reported.
“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,” Bauler wrote in a Facebook post. “Yes sir, you can. I am not one to get emotional, but a few tears were shed. Thank you for your services.”
Bauler’s post quickly went viral, garnering more than 140,000 shares in just one day.
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“I'd like to imagine you hugged him but I'm sure it's against policy,” one user commented. “Thank you for sharing this. Such a beautiful moment in a time where we all seem so divided. We need to remember events like this where we came together as a country.”
“Lezile, how cool,” wrote another user. “Thank you for telling him yes. I'm sure it meant the world to him to be able to do this!”
The firefighter in the photo was identified as Jason Harding. He issued the following statement:
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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. As a Public Safety Officer and McGhee Tyson airport officer, I am honored to be a Firefighter, a Police Officer and a Paramedic. I have been in emergency services for the most of my career after college and wouldn't change that for anything. There are memorial stair climbs all across the country today honoring just as I did. I have participated in Nashville's Memorial Stair Climb for the past 4 years. Unable to make it this year I decided to honor anyway.