Christopher Meek knew on 9/11 that he would one day give back to the people who risk their lives on behalf of other Americans.
Almost 16 years later, Meek gives back over and over again, helping many courageous citizens walk or stand, through his group that provides exoskeleton devices to paralyzed veterans.
“I was in the shadows of the Twin Towers on 9/11,” says Meek, 46, a finance officer who worked inside the World Trade Center. “One of my biggest memories of this day is the hundreds of people rushing into the buildings when others were running out.”
The sight of the gallant rescuers left a profound impression.
“I knew I had to give back to first responders,” Meek tells PEOPLE.
Today, Meek and his organization, SoldierStrong, have donated or funded more than $2 million worth of medical devices, allowing 25,000 spinal cord-injured veterans access to equipment that helps them use their arms or legs.
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