FORT LUPTON — On Sept. 11 each year, fire departments around the region participate in a remembrance to honor fellow firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center in New York.
In Colorado, firefighters from around the state, including several from the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District, climbed the stairs of the Century Link Building in downtown Denver – twice.
And that’s not the only number that carries significance in this solemn exercise, as Fort Lupton Fire Chief Phil Tiffany explains.
“What happens is they open it up and allow 343 participants from fire departments to climb the stairs at the Century Link building. They climb those stairs twice: They climb up, take an elevator down, and then climb them again,” Tiffany said. “They’re trying to replicate the 110 stories that those firefighters were faced with that day.
The firefighters participating in the climb wore full gear.
“We had 11 of our firefighters signed up for that event, and they were in the 343 firefighters who climbed that day,” Tiffany said. “And they climb in honor of a firefighter from New York.
The firefighters posed for a rainswept victory picture on the roof after the climb.
“Some of them just feel honored to be able to climb in honor of those firefighters who were killed in the line of duty that day,” Tiffany said. “And others see it as a real personal challenge to show their commitment.”
The firefighters who participated in this year’s climb are: Walt Adams, Michael Boyer, Tony Riofrio, Troy Norby, James May, James Mayor, Kenny Rosales, Staughton McCann, Carl Johnson, Jason Rife and Justin Booker.
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