The sixth annual Springfield area memorial stair climb will be Saturday, Sept. 22 in a new venue, Missouri State University’s Plaster Stadium.
Firefighters from across southwest Missouri and the general public will participate in the National Fallen Firefighters (NFFF) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, a commemorative climb to honor the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who died on September 11, 2001.
More than 300 participants will climb the stairs of Plaster Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the World Trade Center’s twin towers. As part of registration, the participants are asked to raise other funds for the NFFF. All registration fees will be directed to the NFFF to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Nixa Assistant Fire Chief Whitney Weaver is one of the organizers for the Springfield event.
“Although this stair climb is a memorial for the firefighters killed on 9/11, many other firefighters have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty in the past few years. With this climb, participants are not only supporting those families of fallen firefighters from 9/11, but also all members so the fire service that are willing to risk their lives for complete strangers,” Weaver said.
For a registration fee of $35, all participants will receive a t-shirt and photo badge of one of the fallen firefighters from the World Trade Center.
For more information and to register, go to http://springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org/.