MADISON FIREFIGHTERS IN 9/11 STAIR CLIMB
The Madison West Monroe Volunteer Firefighters went to Jefferson City on September 8th to be part of the Missouri State Fire Marshal's second annual 9/11 Stair Climb.
This was to commemorate the 343 firefighters who died during 9/11 when two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After an opening
ceremony, the climb started at 9:03 am (which is the time the second plane hit the World Trade Center). The firefighters took 10 trips to the top of the 13 story Jefferson Building which was 2,600 stairs. This is equal to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center towers.
There were photos of the 343 fallen firefighters that circled the stairwells on their way up. Each climber also had lanyards with the name of a fallen firefighter and their picture on it around their necks as they climbed. When the firefighter finished their climb, a bell was rung and the names read of each of the firefighters that gave the ultimate sacrifice. The money that was raised will go to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation to be used to support the firefighters' survivors.
There were five climbers from the Madison Fire Dept.: Lt. Chad Wolfe, FF Richie Stevenson, FF Madison Breid, FF Holden Peel, and FF Bryan Washburn. FF Johnathan Wolfe from the Southeastern Fire Dept. of Moberly also climbed with this group. There were two virtual climbers From Madison: Fire Chief Larry Jones and Captain Dale Ransdell. Another virtual climber was FF Cy Fields from Paris.
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