On September 11, 2005, five firefighters gathered in the city of Denver, CO to honor to the 343 FDNY firefighters that gave their lives four years earlier. By climbing 110 flights of stairs, the number of floors in each of the lost Twin Towers, they paid tribute to the heroic efforts of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day. The number of firefighters that climbed grew from the initial 5 to a band of 12, to a group of hundreds and was ultimately held to 343 firefighters. Eventually, this tradition found its way into numerous cities around the nation. The motto for this valiant effort is presented on their website, collateral and posters. “We promised to never forget so we climb because they climbed.”
This year, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the memorial stair climb was scheduled in more cities than ever; Dallas included. 343 firefighters from throughout the Metroplex gathered at the Renaissance Towers dressed in full bunker gear and equipment to participate in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Each of them carried a badge with an image and name of one of the 343 we lost and climbed 110 flights of stairs beginning at the exact moment the rescue efforts began ten years earlier.
Our good friend Clayton is a member of the Frisco Fire Department. He promised never to forget so he climbed because they climbed.