Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Captain Frank Cervantes rings the bell after climbing the six flights of stairs to the top of the building.
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Roseville Fire Training Center, 2030 Hilltop Circle.
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Engineer Mike Bradley and firefighter paramedic Russ McGrew pay a final salute to their fallen comrades during Thursday morning?s ceremony.
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Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Probation firefighter paramedic Clarke Caldwell takes one last trip down the flight of stairs during last call. ?As far as the stair-climbing part, you obviously know it?s going to be a challenge, but not as big a one as the firefighters on 9/11,? said Caldwell. ?It?s a commemoration to their endurance and their commitment to protecting the citizens of New York.?
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune During final call, Matt Launcher raises and lowers the flag to half-mast in memory of those who died on 9/11.
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune On the roof of the building were a Flag of Heroes, firefighting gear, and a bell, which every person rang as they reached the top of the building. After the bell was rung, a name of one of the firefighters who died in the attacks was read aloud. ?The vision was that as [the participants] go up, people envision what was going on that day,? said Roseville Battalion Chief Pete Hnat. In ringing the bell, saying a name out loud and walking back down the stairs, they could ?bring the name out, because on that day, that name never came out.?
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Firefighter paramedic Dave Killmer and Captain Robert Tilton wait for final call to begin at 10:28 a.m. in front of Fire Station No. 1 at 401 Oak St.
Ashley Baer, Special to The Press-Tribune Captain Jim Summers and firefighter Brian Fales rest after their fifth trip up and down the stairs. Firefighters wear between 45 and 55 pounds of equipment, and once you include hoses and axes and other equipment, it?s not unusual for them carry an extra 100 pounds. The continuous climb was meant to simulate the plight of the firefighters in 9/11, who climbed up to 80 flights of stairs. ?I just can?t imagine trying to climb 80 sets of stairs and have to go to work,? said Battalion Chief Pete Hnat. Many of the crew set out to do as their peers in New York did on that day, making between five and 15 trips up the stairs.