October 17, 2019

Advisory: Over 130 to participate Saturday in third annual State Fire Marshal’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Last year’s event commemorating firefighters killed on 9/11 raised over $10,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which supports firefighters’ survivors

On Saturday, Oct. 19, more than 130 people will raise money for fallen firefighters’ survivors 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 opening ceremony begins at 8 a.m. in the Carnahan Memorial Garden, adjacent to the Jefferson Building, home to the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. 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 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. The event is open to the public. Register or make a contributions at: 

Saturday, Oct. 19

WHAT:            Ceremony honoring Missouri fire fighters for contributions to public safety

WHO:              State Fire Marshal Tim Bean
                        Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Kenny Jones 
                        City of Jefferson Mayor Carrie Tergin
                        Cathy Haase, widow of a fallen Missouri firefighter                      

WHERE:         Carnahan Memorial Garden/Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101 (in case of rain, the opening ceremony will take place on the first floor of the Jefferson Building parking garage.)

WHEN:           8:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19



For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail