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Kansas Firefighters Climb Stairs

Associated Press - September 13, 2015 6:57 am

Firefighters put on their gear and climbed the stairs of a downtown Wichita skyscraper to honor fallen fire crews from 9/11.

The Wichita 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was among many across the nation. It was Wichita’s first one.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 200 firefighters from 45 departments mostly in Kansas — but representing at least one from Missouri — made the ascent Saturday at the Epic Center.

Teams of six or so firefighters headed up the stairs at five-minute intervals. They climbed 20 floors five times, riding down the elevator in between before making a final 10-floor ascent.

The World Trade Center had 110 floors.

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks killed 343 firefighters. Crews in Wichita wore badges bearing the fallen New York firefighters’ names and photos.


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