KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A dramatic moment at the KC Stair Climb Sunday morning revealed the first ever 9-11 memorial that includes pictures of all 343 firefighters killed in those terrorist attacks. And Sunday morning, despite a foiled terrorist threat, the Kansas City 911 Stair Climb went off as planned.
Security was tighter than usual at the event because just last week, 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg of Orange Park, Florida was busted for allegedly trying to place a bomb at the stair climb. Authorities used information from an informant to arrest Goldberg. Firefighters told FOX 4 it made their resolve to climb even stronger.
“We are never forgetting and we are showing that. We don`t back down. We are going to hold this event for as long as we can and we are going to climb for the 343 every year,” said Dave Bova at the KC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
Elise Wendt with the Liberty Fire Department said, “It just sends it home more for us. Now we get a better feel for why we are doing this.”
Security teams checked bags at the door, and the Kansas City Police Department and federal authorities were on scene to make sure the event was safe.
Fourteen years have passed since 9-11, and firefighters say it is part of their duty to educate the next generation about the tragedy and remember the lives lost.
Firefighters came to Kansas City from around the country. They attached a picture of one their brothers from the New York Fire Department to their uniforms or oxygen tanks, and then climbed 110 stories in full gear in their honor.
Watch in the video player above as FOX 4’s Carey Wickersham, along with photojournalist Steve Silvestri, report on the climb and its grueling toll, both physically and emotionally.