On Saturday, September 9, 2017 eleven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and seven police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.
Southlake firefighters and police officers are climbing to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 70 police officers, and nine EMS personnel who were killed on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Each climber will be wearing full firefighter, police gear and equipment, just like the New York first responders did on that day.
Climbing for the Southlake Fire Department is: Kevin Barry, Cody Brazelton, Joe Crowder, James Elliott, Kraymer Harbold, Chris Horne, Jonathan Jackson, Cody Pierson, Ryan Sessums, Cory Teague, and KJ VanNatta. Representing the Southlake Police Department are: Randy Thomas, Jason Henninger, Blas Hernandez, Jose Luna, Jonathan Macheca, Tyler Sewell, and Ashleigh Douglas.
Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, will wear the name and picture of a fallen firefighter, police officer or EMS worker.
The 9/11 Dallas Stair Climb is held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas. Saturday, hundreds of firefighters and police officers will join together to climb 110 floors, the same number of floors the first responders were faced with at the Twin Towers more than fifteen years ago.
Opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane (Flight 11) flew into the North Tower. Firefighters and police officers will start their climb at 8:50 a.m., the same time first responders began arriving at the Twin Towers.
If you would like to show your support, you can come to the Renaissance Tower in Dallas to cheer on the climbers and/or if you would like to donate you can do so by going to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.