Firefighters complete the annual Dallas stair climb

September 28, 2013 by  

This month, 70 members of the law enforcement department and 343 firefighters took part in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

The event has taken place every year since 2003, when Lt. Charles Cogburn, an Albuquerque Fire Department member, climbed a building with two floors 55 times. The firefighter wore an M-4, full body armor, and a helmet while climbing the stairs. The stair climb takes place in honor of victims of 9/11.

Five representatives of the Flower Mound Fire Department took part in the event, with seven members of the Colony assisting them. The climb took place at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas, which has 55 stories. The firefighters climbed to the top of the stairs and back down twice, so that they completed 110 floors, which was the height of the World Trade Centers.

Since 2003, more firefighters have held their own local stair climbs. The first event in Dallas was in 2011, with over 40 stair-climbing events being held throughout the U.S.. Jeff King, Battalion Chief of Flower Mound, says he welcomes being among other firefighters who want to honor those who died on that day.

Firefighters train hard for the event, as wearing their gear adds an extra 60 pounds to carry. The event takes place to remind people of those who died on 9/11. Local print companies will possibly be asked to provide banner printing for the big day each year, promoting awareness, and the location of the stair climb.