Woodward, Okla. —
TALBOTT STRESSES THE NEED TO "NEVER FORGET"
Talbott told The News that was why she wanted to contact the firefighter who was climbing in her brother's honor, "to let him know it wasn't just a name, but a person he was climbing for and a family he was climbing for."
Talbott said she also wanted to let Foster know that there was more to her brother's memory than just how he died.
"My brother didn't just die in 9/11," Talbott said. "He was a great kid. He was funny, he had a great personality, he was the life of the party. And he was born to do what he did helping people."
In an e-mail she sent to Foster, Talbott wrote about how Brennan had been in the Civil Air Patrol as a teenager then became an EMT and later a police officer before finally realizing his dream to become an FDNY firefighter in 1995.
"And all that time my brother was also a volunteer firefighter in Long Island," she said.
Above all Talbott said she wanted Foster to know how much the climb meant to her family and how much she appreciated and supported his participation in the climb and carrying her brother's memory.
"You have to understand on 9/11 the world was changed, but for my family, this was my little brother and so it was just devastating to my family," Talbott said. "Even now when I think about it the tears start rolling."
But because of the Stair Climb and the firefighters like Foster who participated in it, Talbott said she knows her brother will not be forgotten.
"It (the OKC Stair Climb) has meant the world to me, because whoever put this together has lived by the motto 'Never Forget,'" she said. "And I don't think any of us should ever forget because first responders are those who go in to rescue people when everyone else is running out. And that was what my brother did."