More than 120 people will raise money for fallen firefighters’ survivors today, Sept. 8, by climbing the stairs of the capital city’s Jefferson Building.
The event commemorates the 343 firefighters who died selflessly trying to save others during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A total of 2,600 steps will be climbed in 10 trips to the top of the 13-story building, the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center towers.
The climb begins with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. in the Carnahan Memorial Garden, adjacent to the Jefferson Building, home to the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. The Carnahan Memorial Garden/Jefferson Building is at 205 Jefferson Street. In case of rain, the opening ceremony will take place inside the Jefferson Building.
At 8:46 a.m. – the time the first hijacked plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center – a bell will be struck and the climbers will move from the garden to the Jefferson Building.
At 9:03 a.m., the time the second hijacked plane crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, climbers will begin ascending the stairs of the Jefferson Building.
In remembrance, climbers will wear lanyards with the names and photographs of each of the 343 firefighters who perished at the World Trade Center. Many of the climbers will be in full firefighting gear as they participate.
Among participants will be State Fire Marshal Tim Bean, Acting Public Safety Director Sandra Karsten and Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin.
The public is invited to attend the event. Contributions can be made online at: events.firehero.org/jeffersoncity.