Christian County firefighters will be among more than 150 emergency responders from five states participating in an event to remember 9/11.
Missouri State University’s Plaster Stadium hosts the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday, Sept. 22. Beginning at 8 a.m., firefighters from five different states and members of general public will walk up and down the stadium’s stairs in honor of 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The participants will climb the stadium steps multiple times until they have climbed upward for the equivalent of 110 stories, the height of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The towers were destroyed in the 2001 September 11 attacks, when terrorists intentionally flew commercial airplanes into the buildings. The attacks immediately killed 2,996 people and injured an estimated 6,000 more.
As part of their registration, participants are asked to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Fees will be directed to the foundation to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Event organizers expect more than 300 people in total will participate in the stair climb. For more information, go to http://springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org/