Firefighters climb 110 stories in KC to remember 9/11 fallen

Bill Grady
September 11, 2017 - 6:06 am

Firefighters from across the Kansas City region were in town for their annual tribute to their brothers who died after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

Firefighters, decked out in heavy gear, climbed 110 stories to commemorate the heroism of the people who went up into the World Trade Center towers while others were running down. The firefighters climbed the stairs at the Town Pavilion, 1100 Main St.

It was the sixth tribute for Mark Mesh of the KCFD, who carried a photo of Thomas Gambino, Jr., of the FDNY.

"I try to think about it a lot when I'm trying to do a little bit of training," Mesh said. "I keep his picture on my wall at home also, and it doesn't let you forget." 

The climb attracted 343 participants, the same number of first responders who died in New York 16 years ago. 

The New York City Fire Department added 32 names this year to its World Trade Center Memorial Wall, remembering yet more firefighters and EMTs who died of 9/11-related illnesses long after the attacks.

Proceeds from the climb to to 9/11 charities.

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