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Mesquite, TX - September 18, 2017 - On September 9, 19 members of the Mesquite Fire Department participated in the 7th annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honoring the 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and nine emergency medical technicians (EMTs) that perished at Ground Zero with the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
When first responders climbed the stairs of the 110-stories of the Twin Towers on 9/11, they attempted the largest rescue and high-rise firefighting operation in history. They also made the climb in forty to sixty pounds of personal protective gear, plus twenty to thirty pounds of additional firefighting equipment.
In tribute, active duty firefighters, police officers and EMTs climb 110 stories in full gear each year at Renaissance Tower in Dallas. Each participant is given a lanyard with the picture and name of the person they are climbing to honor. At 8:46 a.m., a moment of silence is observed marking the time that Flight 11 hit the North Tower.
At 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the moment each tower fell, each firefighter activates a distress alarm. The climbers stop their ascent and taps is played. Once climbers reach the top, they place their accountability tag on a board and ring a bell indicating the individual they have climbed for has made it to the top.
For more information on the event, visit www.dallasstairclimb.com.