Eight members of the Pettis County Fire District sit in front of the American flag they created out of fire hoses during Sunday’s Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Town Pavilion. Front row, from left, Lt. Matt Beason, Lt. Tom Dugan, firefighter Devlin Tippett and firefighter Matt Gardner. Back row, Chief Mike Harding, Capt. Mark Stevenson, firefighter Bryan Stevenson and Lt. Chad Damlo. The 110-story climb was in honor of the 343 New York firefighters who died during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Most firefighters complete the climb in full gear with air tanks, but Bryan Stevenson and Harding weren’t wearing their gear as they were originally attending as spectators, but were needed to help represent the 343 when some participants didn’t show up.
The firefighters who participate in the climb are each assigned one of the 343 firefighters who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Members of the Pettis County Fire District are pictured wearing a photo of the firefighters they were honoring.
“It went very well. It was very emotional, very strenuous,” PCFD Capt. Mark Stevenson said of the climb. “110 flights in full gear is very strenuous. … It’s moving, that’s all you can say about it,” he said about the overall event. “We relive 9/11 all over again (during the morning ceremony) and then we started climbing.”
The first teams started climbing at 8:56 a.m., the time the first plane hit the Twin Towers on 9/11.
Six members of the Sedalia Fire Department also participated in the Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Here they are pictured after they completed the 110-story climb. Front row, from left, Nathaniel Nevels, Mitch Friedly and Wes Elliott. Back row, Alex Quinn, Kyle Gilmore and Josh Nelson.
The Pettis County Fire District team is pictured after they completed the climb. Front row, from left, firefighter Bryan Stevenson, Lt. Tom Dugan and firefighter Matt Gardner. Back row, Capt. Mark Stevenson, firefighter Devlin Tippett, Lt. Matt Beason, Lt. Chad Damlo and Chief Mike Harding.
The Pettis County Fire District team stands next to the bell they each rang in honor of the firefighter they climbed for at the Town Pavilion building in Kansas City.
The Pettis County Fire District donated $110 to sponsor Floor Nine of the Town Pavilion, shown here with a PCFD banner and photos of some of the 343 NYFD firefighters who died on 9/11.