Hundreds of area firefighters climb up 110 stories in honor of 9/11 victims

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Sunday morning hundreds of firefighters climbed the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. It was the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The climb is in honor and remembrance of the 343 firefighters who died trying to save others that fateful day.

343 area firefighters from 75 fire departments in seven different states participated in the Memorial Stair Climb.

“The thought process was 9/11 is starting to be forgotten and that was the vow we made to never forget so we put on this event solely to honor those 343 men,” said organizer Dave Bova with the Lawrence, Kansas Fire Department.

In full gear the firefighters climbed 110 stories.

“For our team I think it’s really important for us to do something that’s bigger than us,” said Brian Shields with Johnson County Fire District #1. “Finish what a lot of people didn’t get to finish that day.”

Organizers said the Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb now regularly sells out. This year spots were gone in under 30 minutes.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation said they held the first stair climb on September 11, 2005. At that point just five Colorado firefighters climbed a high-rise building in downtown Denver. The following year twelve firefighters participated representing four fire departments from the metro Denver area. It capped participation at 343 people in 2008.