Epic Center 9/11 memorial climb

In full firefighting gear, which weighed almost 100 pounds, the local firemen climbed the steps of the 22-story Epic Center. Participants climbed it five times to equal the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Firefighters participating in the event represented departments from across the state.

There is one memory that has stuck with Bill Hartloff since he joined fellow firefighters at a recent memorial stair climb to honor firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City’s Twin Towers.

“Grown men, tough firefighters, crying.”