The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, an annual remembrance that honors fallen first-responders while supporting families left behind, is scheduled for Saturday.
Members of the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department have been represented at the Memorial Stair Climb since 2011. This year, Cade Anthony, Robert Whittenberg, Summer Hinkle, Jody Marcus and Josh Renberg will walk the 110 floors that represent the World Trade Center.
For Anthony of Eustace, it is his sixth time to participate in the event.
Choreographed around the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the climb incorporates symbolism in an intensely physical setting. It begins with an opening ceremony steeped in traditional fire and police memorial-service elements. A moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. marks the time American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower. Immediately following, 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement personnel, and nine EMS personnel begin their trek up the stairs – 110 floors – equivalent to the height of the twin towers.
According to a press release, each climber carries the name, picture and accountability tag of a firefighter or police officer who was killed at Ground Zero. Once finished, participants place the name of the individual they climbed for on an accountability board. Local fallen public-safety officers are acknowledged and honored as well.
The event is at Renaissance Tower on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. It is family-oriented and open to the public. Activities such as an obstacle course, trying on bunker gear, and touring different first-responder vehicles will be offered. Vendor areas will be set up during the climb.
The opening ceremony will begin about 8 a.m. with a group photo of the 422 climbers, the press release shows. Immediately thereafter, a ceremony involving traditional public-safety tributes is scheduled.
This year’s climbers’ fund-raising will benefit Concerns of Police Survivors-Metroplex Chapter, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force and National EMS Memorial Service.