9/11 Memorial Stair Climb: Firefighters remember the fallen this weekend in Dallas

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb: Firefighters remember the fallen this weekend in Dallas

One Texoma fire department will remember the tragic day of September 11 differently than some.

7 firefighters from Vernon fire department along with more than 300 firefighters across the U-S is in Dallas for a 9/11 memorial climb that will take place Saturday at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas.

Those taking part will climb the tower twice totaling 110 stories.

That is the same amount of stories firefighters climbed in the World Trade Center before the towers collapsed on that dark September day.

Firefighters say this is not a climb to do overnight.

"It takes a lot of preparation," said Kyle Reser a firefighter for the Vernon Fire Department. "A lot of hours on the treadmill, stair climber, and just a lot of exercise before just to be ready for something like that."

346 firefighters will be doing the climb, the same number of firefighters that fought the flames on 9/11.  Each one will be wearing over 100 pounds of gear during the climb in order to get a feel for what the firefighters had to go through almost 15 years ago.

"It's nice because you're kind of getting a feeling of what those guys had to go through that day," said Reser.  "I mean to go that high and then to turn around and fight fire after doing all of that is just insane to think about having someone have to do."

It all began four years ago when one firefighter from Vernon decided to do the climb and now the department is doing it as a team for the third year in a row.

Reser said the biggest cheerleader for them is the community they serve.


"The town has been very supportive and positive about our efforts," said Reser.  "We have a fundraiser and we raise money and donate it all to charity for this event."

Climbs to remember the fallen firefighters will be happening all across the United States this weekend, with Dallas being one of the largest.

Reser said that after he climbs the tower tomorrow, he and another firefighter will do it all again on Sunday in Fort Worth.

Registration for the climb in Dallas was full within the first 5 minutes of sign-ups.