Call Us: 1.800.475.1479
Aaron Gilmore and other DFW firefighters to honor the fallen by re-enacting their 9-11 climb
Firefighters in 50 to 70 pounds of gear will climb the equivalent of 110 floors in Dallas’ Renaissance Tower to honor 343 of their brothers who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Firefighters from across Texas and from Arizona, Oklahoma and Louisiana will take part Sunday, each wearing a tag with the name and photo of a fallen firefighter.
“I am Lt. Anthony Jovic,” said Chris Balough, 39, an Arlington firefighter and a climb coordinator. “He was 39, had two sons, 9 and 10 at the time, and a wife of 16 years. He was assigned to Ladder Company 34, Engine 279, in Brooklyn. He was in the south tower. The only thing recovered was his helmet shield.”
Brian Oates, 25, a Fort Worth firefighter and EMT, said it’s an honor to climb in the name of one of the 343.
“Lawrence Veling, 44, Engine 235 in Brooklyn,” Oates said. “He had a wife and three kids, ages 2, 6 and 7.”
As climbers finish, they will place their tags on an accountability board and ring a bell symbolizing that their firefighters have “made it to the top,” said John Barrett, 30, a Plano firefighter who is coordinating the event.
The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb aims to raise $125,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Balough said.
In another fundraiser Sunday in Grapevine, about 3,000 airline-industry-related runners and walkers from around the globe are expected for the 30th World Airline Road Race. Called Running with the Big Dogs, the 5K and 10K races and a one-mile Remembrance Run and Dog Walk will benefit the 9-11 Memorial Foundation Texas and Search One Rescue Team, coordinator Lisa Stokdyk said.
The stair climb isn’t a race. Instead, the 343 firefighters will climb the equivalent of the height of the twin towers.
Renaissance Tower is only 55 stories, Barrett said, and the top two floors are privately owned. So firefighters will climb from the second basement to the 53rd floor, ride down in a freight elevator, then repeat the climb.
“The event is choreographed so it will proceed the same way as events did on Sept. 11,” Barrett said.
Climbers will pause at the precise time the south tower fell to activate distress alarms on their equipment for about 15 seconds, followed by a moment of silence. A Texas DPS trooper will sound taps before the climbing resumes. The ritual will be repeated, corresponding to the time of the north tower’s collapse.
After that, it’s all climbing. Some volunteers have trained for months, like Ken Kelly, 44, who will climb with two other Euless firefighters.
“The three of us have been married to StairMasters three days a week,” he said. “We first tried to meet the goal of 110 floors. Then we worked on time, then started wearing the gear.”
Steven Wheelock, 38, said he and 10 other Hurst firefighters expect a humbling experience.
They’ve been working up to the challenge on the stairs of the four-story fire training tower at Station 1.
“It’s kind of a gut check for everyone,” he said. “The biggest building in my city is seven stories, and this gives you a taste of the medicine that [New York firefighters] normally deal with.”
Fellow Hurst firefighter B.J. Wending, 34, is motivated by memory.
“It was a tragic day in our lives, and this is one little way I can show respect for our brothers,” he said. “It’s going to be tough, no doubt about it.”
The races in Grapevine will be substantially less tough but equally meaningful. The 9-11 Memorial Foundation is responsible for two monuments recognizing those who died that day.
In the Grapevine Station development, at Texas Trail and Northwest Highway, is the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Plaza. Bronze statues represent two pilots, two flight attendants and a child. A bronze-and-granite memorial to the 343 New York firefighters is destined for Grapevine Fire Station No. 1 at Boyd Drive and Turner Road.
The other beneficiary, Search One Rescue Team, is a group of volunteers whose dogs help authorities find people in emergencies, member Miggy Scott said.
“One of our members was on Texas Task Force 1 and was involved with the search after the towers fell,” Scott said. “We’ve been asked to do some demonstrations and tell visitors about our team.”
Stokdyk said that those visitors are coming from all over the world.
“There are Australians, Canadians, Dutch, Malaysians, Japanese, Kiwis from New Zealand, Germans, British, Swedes and French,” she said. “The French team has a gal who’s handicapped, and they’ll carry her the full race.”
Such devotion to a cause is the hallmark of a theme like Running with the Big Dogs, Stokdyk said.
“It’s the attitude that if you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch,” she said. “It’s a nod to United and American [airlines, whose planes were hijacked on 9-11] and the first responders. The big dogs are police and firefighters. When they’re in the room, people look up to them.”
Stokdyk said the one-mile race is open to folks who want to walk or run with their dogs.
The races are associated with daylong concerts and festivities at Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane in Grapevine. For information and registration, see worldairlineroadrace.org.
The stair climb is not open to the public, but donations may be made at firehero.org/stairclimb.
131 Responses to “Aaron Gilmore and other DFW firefighters to honor the fallen by re-enacting their 9-11 climb”
Vet FRAN Member
Free Enterprise Honoree
- Airport Runway Repair
- Alliance Bernstein Small/Mid Cap Value Fund
- AllianceBernstein, L.P.
- APG Asset Management US Inc.
- ARTISAN MID CAP VALUE FUND
- ARTISAN PARTNERS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
- ARTISAN SMALL CAP VALUE FUND
- Asphalt Maintenance
- Asphalt Repair
- Asphalt Resurfacing
- B2B franchise
- Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK)
- Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE: BZH)
- Best Buy (NYSE: BBY)
- BlackRock Fund Advisors
- BlackRock Institutional Trust Company
- BLAIR (WILLIAM) & COMPANY L.L.C.
- Business For Sale
- Campus Construction
- Caterpillar, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE: CAT)
- Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
- Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C)
- COHEN & STEERS REALTY SHARES INCORPORATED
- Construction Industry Market News
- Construction Zones
- Constructions News
- D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI)
- Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
- DEUTSCHE BANK
- DFA U.S. SMALL CAP VALUE SERIES
- DIMENSIONAL FUND ADVISORS LP
- Dreman Value Management, LLC
- DWS Dreman Small Cap Value Fd
- Empire Post Media, Inc (OTC: EMPM.pk)
- Federal Express (NYSE: FDX)
- Female Entrepreneurs
- FIDELITY LOW-PRICED STOCK FUND
- FIDELITY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
- Firemans Contractors (OCTBB: FRCN) (OTCQB: FRCN)
- Firemans Contractors Business Development
- Firemans Contractors Franchise
- Firemans PR
- Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR)
- FMR LLC
- Franchise Opportunities
- FRANKLIN RESOURCES, INC
- Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, (NYSE: FCX)
- General Contractor Market Sector
- Goverment Contracts
- Highway Paving
- Highway Trust Fund
- Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD)
- House Transportation
- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: HOV)
- Industry Investor News
- Inspirational News
- International roads
- Invesco Ltd
- ISHARES RUSSELL 2000 INDEX FD
- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. C (NYSE: JEC)
- Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI)
- KB Home (NYSE: KBH)
- Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN)
- Lombardia Capital Partners
- LORD ABBETT & CO
- Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)
- LSV ASSET MANAGEMENT
- Market Sector
- Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS)
- McDonals (NYSE: MCD)
- New Road Repair Technique
- New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- OTC Markets Headline News
- OTC: FRCN
- Parking Lot Maintenance
- Parking Lot Striping
- Pavement Marking
- PLATINUM INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LTD
- Potash Corporation of Saskatche (NYSE: POT)
- PRICE (T.ROWE) REAL ESTATE FUND INC.
- ProLogis Inc. (NYSE: PLD)
- PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM)
- Road Builders
- Road Construction
- Road Improvement
- Road Maintenance
- Road Projects
- Road Work Ahead
- Robeco Investment Management, Inc.
- Schlumberger N.V. (NYSE: SLB)
- Seal Coating
- September 11th
- Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW)
- STATE STREET CORPORATION
- TEMPLETON GLOBAL SMALLER COMPANIES FUND, INC. (USA)
- Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL)
- Transportation Department
- Transportation Department Jobs
- Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Highway and Transit Projects
- U.S. Infrastructure
- United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI)
- University Consturction Projects
- USG Corporation (NYSE: USG)
- VANGUARD GROUP, INC.
- VANGUARD SMALL-CAP INDEX FUND
- VANGUARD TOTAL STOCK MARKET INDEX FUND
- WELLINGTON MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLP
- Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY)
- Women in Business
FRCN.ob Stock News
Firemans Contractors Franchise Model Brings Integrity to Fragmented Pavement Marketing and Maintenance Industry, CEO Says in Radio Interview
7 Nov 2012
Renee Gilmore Tells theStockRadio.com Firemans Has Unique Position in Underserved Market FORT WORTH, TX–(Marketwire) – Firemans Contractors, Inc. ( OTCQB : FRCN ) is the only company with a franchise model positioned to streamline and standardize pavement and parking lot maintenance services for clients nationally, Chief Executive Officer Renee Gilmore said in a radio interview. [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. First Franchisee Launch A Success
7 Aug 2012
DALLAS, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (FRCN), a commercial contractor offering franchises and commercial services in the pavement and parking lot maintenance industry, announced a successful launch of its first Fireman’s Contractors franchise – “Station 1.” The franchise was launched in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and began operations on July 1, [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. Announces Sale of First Franchise
26 Jun 2012
PRNewswire – Fireman’s Contractors Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN) (OTCQB: FRCN), a commercial contractor offering business-to-business commercial franchises and services in the pavement maintenance and parking lot maintenance industry, today announced the sale of its first franchise, located in a territory in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The franchise agreement was effective this month, and Fireman’s expects the new [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. Launches Proprietary Construction Management Software – Firebase™
7 May 2012
DALLAS, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN) (OTCQB: FRCN), a commercial contractor offering business-to-business commercial franchises and services in the pavement maintenance and parking lot maintenance industry, announced today it has launched beta testing on its proprietary construction management software, Firebase(TM), as part of Fireman’s franchise development program and ongoing efforts [...]
U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Recognize Fireman’s Contractors at 2012 America’s Small Business Summit
14 Apr 2012
DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas, /PRNewswire/ — Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN.OB – News) (OTCQB: FRCN.OB – News) today announced that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will recognize Fireman’s at the 2012 America’s Small Business Summit as one of the Free Enterprise Honorees announced earlier this year. The 2012 Small Business Summit, which will be [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. Completes $38,000 Project; Builds New Business Relationships at 2012 AAGD Tradeshow
28 Mar 2012
DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas /PRNewswire/ – Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN.OB – News) (OTCQB: FRCN.OB – News) today announced the completion of a $38,000 parking lot maintenance and repair project for a Texas location of a nationwide property management firm. The project, which included parking lot stenciling and striping of stalls, marks the second [...]
LOCAL NEWS: $2.5Billion Road Construction Project Gaining Momentum
27 Mar 2012
FORT WORTH, TEXAS A significant road construction project in Tarrant County is approaching the 2-year mark. Designers broke ground around the North Tarrant Express in mid-2010. Once it’s complete, the NTE will run from Interstate-35W in Fort Worth to Industrial Boulevard in Euless. The $2.5 billion project will rebuild the present lanes of Interstate-820, Highway [...]
OTC Markets Headline News – Monday 03-26-2012
27 Mar 2012
OTC Markets Headline News – Monday 03-26-2012 Empire Post Media (OTC: EMPM) Starts Screenplay Work and Pre-Production on World War II Treasure Hunter Story ‘In Search of Yamashita’s Gold LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Empire Post Media, Inc. (OTCQB:EMPM.PK – News) announced that the company’s senior production executive Brian Trenchard Smith has [...]
Bloomberg Reports: Road-Work to Stop as Congress Disputes Funding Bill
26 Mar 2012
Bloomberg Reports: Road-Work to Stop as Congress Disputes Funding Bill By Jeff Plungis – Mar 26, 2012 Congress’s rhetoric ahead of the March 31 expiration of a law funding U.S. highway and transit projects resembles the dueling that led to last July’s impasse shutting down the Federal Aviation Administration for two weeks. About 4,000 government [...]
Construction Industry Market News: Jim Cramer on JEC
26 Mar 2012
Construction Industry Market News – Jim Cramer on Jacobs Engineering Group, INC. (NYSE: JEC) Jacobs Engineering [JEC 45.91 1.01 (+2.25%) ] : “Wait for a pullback before buying shares of JEC”, Cramer said. MAD MONEY – JIM CRAMER About Jacobs Engineering: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is a technical professional services firm in the [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. Completes $48,000 Project for Texas Location of International Bank
24 Mar 2012
DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas /PRNewswire/ – Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN.OB – News) (OTCQB: FRCN.OB – News) today announced the completion of a $48,000 parking lot maintenance and repair project for a Texas location of a major international bank. The project consisted of concrete repair; installation of concrete speed bumps; parking lot stenciling; striping [...]
Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. Recognized as Top 25 Free Enterprise Honoree by U.S. Chamber of Commerce
7 Mar 2012
DALLAS/FORT WORTH, Texas — Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN.OB) (OTCQB: FRCN.OB) today announced that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Fireman’s one of the top 25 Free Enterprise Honorees in the U.S. Chamber’s Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program. The program is designed to honor the nation’s job creators and recognize [...]