Dylan Admire of Hannibal first to ascend 13 stories at Office of Missouri State Fire Marshal in full firefighter turnout gear

A Hannibal High School freshman reached new heights during a memorial ceremony honoring the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Dylan Admire, a Hannibal High School freshman, joined a group of participants at the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office for the Inaugural 9/11 Stair Climb. The event was hosted by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office and sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Admire ascended the 13 flights of stairs in full firefighter turnout gear, ringing the bell as the first one to reach the top.

During the event, each participant paid tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Each individual tribute not only remembered the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completed their heroic journey to save others. Firefighters and community participation in the event help ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the worlds knows “we will never forget.” The proceeds from these events help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors. The support of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events provides assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

Admire, the son of Mica Stevens and grandson of Roxy and OC Latta, participated in the event along with approximately 120 other firefighters, EMS personnel and other public safety and family participants. The preceding Saturday, Stevens and Admire volunteered to hang photographs along the stairwells of the firefighters who lost their lives. Dan Heavin, Incident Commander and member of the 9/11 Stair Climb staff, said the event wouldn't be possible without the outpouring of volunteer support. Stevens was volunteering, so she couldn't climb with her son, but she was able to watch him climb each flight and cheer him on.

Admire climbed the event in honor of Karl Johnson – Engine 207, Greg Buck – Engine 201 and Anthony Jovic – Ladder 34. All three of these brave firefighters lost their lives along with 340 other FDNY firefighters on 9/11. Dylan was able to complete the entire event (2,200 stairs, 13 stories in 10 passes) in full firefighter turnout gear. Not only did he complete the event, but Admire was the first participant to climb all 2,200 stairs. Upon completion of the final climb, he was able to ring the bell signifying the completion of his climb. He was met by Dave Hedrick, Director for the Missouri University Fire and Rescue Training Institute, who presented Dylan with two special challenge coins from his office. Dylan was also accompanied at the bell by his mother and the Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and Mayor of Jefferson City Carrie Tergin were present and completed the climb. Stevens said she felt extremely proud of her son.

“I was very, very proud of him,” Stevens said. “Not very many 15-year-olds just volunteer — especially in a full suit — to run the stairs and be an A-Team member and getting it done and accomplishing such a feat. It was great.”