Firefighters from Palestine Fire Department recently participated in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, an intense physical exercise up and down 110 floors of the Fountain Place building in full firefighting gear.
Now in its tenth year, the ceremony commemorates the lives of 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers, and nine paramedics who rushed into the burning Twin Towers on September 11, 2021.
The first Dallas stair climb in 2011 drew participants from four states and raised $160,000 for families of fallen firefighters.
The events of the annual memorial stair climb are respectfully coordinated to commemorate the events of 9/11. The event begins at 8 a.m. with ceremonial music, speeches, and presentation of colors.
At 8:46 a.m., the time the North Tower was hit by Flight 11, the climbers observe a moment of silence. The climb begins immediately after at 8:47 a.m. when the first responders entered the building but is punctuated by five more one-minute moments of silence as climbers remember the subsequent attacks on the South Tower, the Pentagon, the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, and the collapse of both towers.
Similar climbs have been held in cities across the US and in other countries across the globe. Other firefighters from the region have participated in previous years. For example, the Eustace Fire Department attended in 2017.
According to the event's website, "That day will forever serve as the most poignant example and reminder of what only few are willing to do for all: live and give their lives in the service of others. We are inspired by their sacrifices, and we shall NEVER FORGET them."