Instant Live 8: Firefighters prep for Dallas 9/11 memorial tower climb

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 11:33 PM

DALLAS - Hundreds of firefighters from across North Texas and around the country will flood into Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas this weekend.

They all have the same plan: to climb the skyscraper's stairwell in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. This Saturday marks the second year of the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

On Tuesday morning, News 8 talked with some of those who will walk up the hundred-and-ten floors. Many have trained for months.

In total, 343 people will climb, representing the number of fallen firefighters in the New York attack.

"For me, it's a sense of giving back to not only the community, but for the guys that on 9/11 that lost their lives doing the job that we do every day,” said Mickey Hanes with the Kennedale Fire Department. “Being able to come to work, not knowing if we are going to come home or not. For me, that's a sense of honor and respect for the guys that were up in New York that climbed and lost their lives on 9/11.”

The public is invited to come and show support for the firefighters as they climb. The climb starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Outside of Renaissance Tower, there will be food trucks, and all sorts of vendors.

E-mail wgoolsby@wfaa.com

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