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Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb – We Climb Because They Climbed

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Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Support your local firefighters as they climb 110 floors in full gear as a memorial to their 343 fallen brothers and sisters who died in the line of duty during the attacks of September 11, 2001.

We Climb Because They Climbed!!!

Hisey and Compton PipingSeptember 11th will always mark the day that firefighters across the nation have vowed to never forget. On that day, the fire service as we knew it changed forever. We were no longer just called on to “fight fire and save lives.” We were thrust onto the font lines of a global war on terror that suddenly took the lives of 343 firefighters and commissioned us to develop all hazards response organizations that were trained to expect the unexpected and to respond to events and situations previously unheard of on American soil. From that day, the American fire service banded together around a two word vow…


Stair ClimbersOne of the ways firefighters fulfill that vow is to take on a task those 343 firefighters were called to take on when they entered the World Trade Center buildings that day. September 7, 2013 will be the Third Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. 343 local firefighters will convene in downtown Dallas and climb the stairs at Renaissance Tower… TWICE! It is difficult to imagine the scale of the twin 110 story World Trade Center Towers until you realize that one of the tallest buildings in downtown Dallas would need to be stacked upon it self to equal the World Trade Center in height.


Climber cardThis is a memorial that provides the participants a unique insight into the physical challenges faced by those New York City firefighters. Throughout the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, symbolic elements are placed within a timeline that mimics the events of 9/11/2001.

Prior to starting the climb, the participants are given a biographical sketch and an accountability tag of a firefighter that died on that day. The climbers are then assembled into companies that duplicate the company assignments of their fallen brothers. These groups will remain together, encourage each other and arrive together at the top when they complete the climb.

PASS Device Activation / Moment of SilenceThe climb will start at 8:46:30… The exact time the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

The climb will continue until 09:59, the time of the first tower collapse. At that time, the climbers will activate their firefighter distress alarms (PASS device), TAPS will be played in the stairwell and the participants will observe a moment of silence. A PASS device is 95 decibel alerting system that indicates that a firefighter has not moved in 30 seconds. On 9/11/2001 the media described the alerting of PASS devices as car alarms and building alarms. However, firefighters across the nation, intimately familiar with this distress signal, knew the true meaning of the incessant beeping. (Click here for a reminder of this eerie audio)

Accountability BoardAt 10:28, the time of the second tower collapse, PASS devices will again be activated, TAPS will again be played and the participants will again observe a moment of silence.

As the firefighters reach the end of the climb, the accountability tag of their fallen brother will be placed on the accountability board and they will ring a bell indicating the individual that they were climbing for has made it to the top.

Table of HonorThe week before and after the climb, a Table of Honor, will be prominently displayed in the lobby of Renaissance Tower. The table will include police and fire elements and a “place setting” for each of the police officers and firefighters that have died in the line of duty in Texas since the last climb. This has been a very tragic year for the Texas Fire Service and this Table of Honor will serve as a tragic reminder of the sacrifice that been made by so many.


The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb participants are asked to raise funds to support the Texas Line of Duty Death (LODD) Task Force and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. To support your local Northeast DFW Firefighters click one of the logos below or search the list below for individual Northeast DFW Firefighter stair climb support pages.



Click hyperlinked names to access individual firefighter support pages directly

Allen Fire Department

  • Abbott, Mikhail
  • Alexander, CJ
  • Gibson, Robert
  • Janak, Bryan
  • Nolen, Roger
  • Reyes, Jason
  • Skidmore, Nolan
  • Wackett, Dustin
  • Wicker, Jarod

Carrollton Fire Rescue

Celina Fire Department

  • Beamis, Frederick
  • Boyer, Stephen
  • Campbell, James
  • Davenport, Joshua
  • Jones, Matthew
  • Jordan, Daniel
  • Turner, Chris

Fairview Fire Department

  • High, Matthew
  • Spurgin, Mark

Frisco Fire Department

Garland Fire Department

Irving Fire Department

Irving Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association

Lucas Fire Department

McKinney Fire Department

  • Boyd, Joel
  • Ciastko, David
  • Graham, Jamie
  • Kennedy, Kevin
  • Maxon, Micah
  • Reyes, Ruben
  • Shelley, Justin
  • Taylor, Ronnie
  • Watson, Brandon

Mesquite Fire Department

  • Bartis, Mike
  • Block, Travis
  • Eddy, Jason
  • Even, Tash
  • Ivie, David
  • Jordan, Shaun
  • Massey, Billy
  • Teamann, Michael
  • Turner, Paul
  • Wright, Eric

Murphy Fire Department

Parker Fire Department

Plano Fire Department

  • Batey, Shaun
  • Boatman, Mike
  • Gladney, Don
  • Tartaro, Michael
  • Westwood, Craig
  • Willits, Chris

Princeton Fire Department

Prosper Fire Department

  • Ausenbaugh, Bryan
  • Weimer, David

Richardson Fire Department

Rowlett Fire Department

  • Hooker, David
  • Reyes, Justin
  • Rice, Garrett

Sunnyvale Fire Department

Wylie Fire Rescue

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