Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Firefighters Climb to Remember

On Sunday, September 11th, six firefighters from the City of Southlake’s DPS division participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The firefighters wanted to “climb to remember” and to honor the fallen firefighters who were killed ten years ago when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll, along with firefighters John Ard, Russ Brown, Shane Freeman, Ryan Sessums and Matt Stacy trained and prepared for months for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll said, “It was a very humbling experience.  We reached our goal but more importantly, it was an honor to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters and their families.”

The event was organized following 9/11 and continues to grow each year. This year’s climb was one of dozens that occurred on Sunday all across the United States and abroad.

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was created to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day. Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, wore the name and picture of a fallen FDNY firefighter to show that they will never be forgotten.

Southlake firefighters participated in the Dallas Stair Climb at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.  Several hundred firefighters climbed 110 stairs, the same number of stairs as the firefighters who perished a decade ago. Southlake Firefighter John Ard said, “We want the families of the firefighters who died to know that this is our way of honoring them and that we will never forget them.”

Opening ceremonies began at 8:30 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane flew into the north tower.  Firefighters started their climb at 8:50 a.m., the time the FDNY first responders arrived at the Twin Towers.

If you would like to donate to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb or support an individual Southlake DPS Firefighter, please go to www.dallasstairclimb.com click on “pledge” then enter the name of the individual you would like to support to help reach his goal.   The money raised will benefit the families of Texas firefighters who have died in the line of duty.









  • (SL FF) Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll climbing for fallen FDNY firefighter Brian Bilcher
  • (SL FF) John Ard climbing for fallen FDNY firefighter Lt. Michael Esposito
  • (SL FF) Russ Brown climbing forfallen FDNY Captain James Amato
  • (SL FF) Shane Freeman climbing for fallen FDNY firefighter Gary Box
  • (SL FF) Ryan Sessums climbing for fallen FDNY firefighter Lt. Edward Atri
  • (SL FF) Matt Stacy climbing for FDNY fallen firefighter Thomas Butler

Thank you for your support.