Cisco Fire Chief takes part in 9/11 memorial stair climb in Dallas
DALLAS - Cisco Fire Chief Walter Fairbanks Sr. honored first responders killed on 9/11 by participating in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday. Fairbanks and 342 other firefighters from across the state, along with 70 law enforcement officers and 9 EMTs - which is the same number of firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMTs killed in the World Trade Center attacks - climbed 110 floors, equivalent to the height of the towers. Most climbers did so in full protective gear. All climbers wore the name and picture of a hero they were climbing for. Fairbanks climbed in memory of Eastland Firefighter Greg Simmons who was killed in a wildfire in Eastland County on April 15, 2011. At 8:46 a.m., a moment of silence was observed marking the time that the first tower was hit. At 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times each tower fell, every firefighter activated their distress alarms, climbers stopped their ascent and taps was played, followed by a moment of silence. As climbers reached the top, they placed their accountability tag on a board and rang a bell indicating the individual they climbed for made it to the top. In past years, the event has included steel from Ground Zero, helmets worn by New York City firefighters killed on Sept. 11 and flags flown at Ground Zero. The memorial climb took place at the Renaissance Towers in downtown Dallas.