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McAllen, Texas – The McAllen Stair Climb is a 501 (c) 3 status, nonprofit organization. Their mission is to commemorate the lives of the 343 firefighters who perished in their rescue attempts following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 in New York in 2001.
The organization does this by holding a stair climb event every year the Sunday morning on or before September 11 at the Neuhaus Tower, also known as the Chase Tower, located at 200 S. 10th ST by the corner of Business 83 and 10th ST in McAllen TX.
Participants carry a tag with a photo, name, and unit assigned of a firefighter that died that day. They climb 110 stories total which was the height of the towers. After the participant has completed climbing 110 stories, they ring a bell one time in remembrance of the fallen hero of their tag. A 9/11 memorial ceremony kicks off the event at 0745. This touching ceremony is held outside on location and is open to the public to attend.
The McAllen Stair Climb’s first event was held in 2014 and has had 500 people in attendance. It is truly a unique event in south Texas which memorializes the events of September 11th, 2001. You just won’t find or experience anything like it. The event has been supported by the City of McAllen, HEB, Cielo Realties and Hidalgo County EMS for the past five consecutive years.
Proceeds go to the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force and the Rio Grande Valley Firefighters and Fire Marshal’s Association which are geared to supporting first responders and their families in the event of a line of duty death and trains firefighters on skills used in the field.
Anyone 18 years of age and older can register to climb at www.mcallenstairclimb.com. The registration fee is $40. You can follow McAllen Stair Climb on Facebook and Instagram.