CTX firefighters to honor fallen 9/11 first responders in memori - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

CTX firefighters to honor fallen 9/11 first responders in memorial stair climb

(Source: Tunnels To Towers & Jonathan Runde) (Source: Tunnels To Towers & Jonathan Runde)
KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -

Eight Killeen firefighters are headed to Dallas to pay tribute to the hundreds of first responders who died on September 11, 2001 when New York's World Trade Center towers were attacked by terrorists.

343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and nine medical technicians will be honored as participants climb a 55-story building twice. 

Those who died while trying to save people entered the Twin Towers before they collapsed...and they are the heroes who will never be forgotten.

"The person I'm climbing for this year is Stephen Siller," Jonathan Runde said.  

Killeen firefighter Jonathan Runde is climbing a total of 110 flights of stairs, the same number his brothers climbed on September 11th, 2001.
He's climbing the stairs to honor Sillers' memory.

Siller was a New York firefighter who voluntarily came back into work after hearing about the planes crashing into the two towers. 

 "He took his gear and his pack, and he ran two miles through the tunnels to get to the other side to get to the grounds of the Twin Towers... and ultimately, he gave his life," Runde added.  

This is Runde's fourth consecutive year to participate in the memorial stair climb, and this year, he specifically chose to honor Siller because... 

"I came across one photo of him with his helmet on, and his badge number is also the same as mine... and it so happens to turn out he passed on 9/11, and my first shift on duty was the day after 9/11," Runde said. 

Runde says he is going to continue to climb the 110 flights of stairs in Dallas every year, as long as his body will allow him to do so. 

"The newer generations, they're growing up without having actually experienced the catastrophe that happened on 9/11, so it's important that we remind them... and remind the newer generations and hold our promise to our brothers that we'll never forget," Runde added.

Runde, along with all other first responders who participate in the memorial stair climb, will be doing so in their uniform... and for firefighters like the eight from Killeen... their bunker gear and air pack will add anywhere from 50 to 75 pounds to their body weight. 

The day will start at with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the north tower, and the climb will start immediately after.  

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:12:25 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:05:22 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>
  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:00 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:00:59 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:05:14 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
  • Former jail captain avoids jail time after pleading guilty to felony theft

    Former jail captain avoids jail time after pleading guilty to felony theft

    Friday, June 22 2018 3:04 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:04:19 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A former Milam County Jail Captain will avoid jail time after she pleaded guilty to second-degree felony theft. 

    More >>

    A former Milam County Jail Captain will avoid jail time after she pleaded guilty to second-degree felony theft. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly