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A firefighter participating in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (KTEN) A firefighter participating in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (KTEN)
Sherman firefighter Capt. Kes Gilhome carried the name of his FDNY colleague Ronald Kerwin, who died in the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. (KTEN) Sherman firefighter Capt. Kes Gilhome carried the name of his FDNY colleague Ronald Kerwin, who died in the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. (KTEN)
Four Sherman firefighters participated in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (Courtesy) Four Sherman firefighters participated in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (Courtesy)
Three Denison firefighters participated in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (Courtesy) Three Denison firefighters participated in the 2019 Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. (Courtesy)

First responders from all over the world headed to Dallas Saturday for the 9th annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

Grayson County was represented at the event.

"It was a great experience," said Sherman firefighter Kasey Babb. "It was my first time doing the stair climb."

In remembrance of the 2001 twin tower attacks,

Firefighters formed the first known stair climb in 2003 to honor the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. It has become a tradition across the country ever since.

"They're taking the names of people that have fallen at 9/11 and carrying those names symbolically to the top of the World Trade Center," said Sherman Fire Department Capt. Kes Gilhome. "It was deeply emotional."

A total of seven firefighters from Sherman and Denison carried name tags of their fallen colleagues and climbed 110 stories as an act of remembrance.

Gilhome carried the name of Lt. Ronald Kerwin from New York Fire Department Squad 288.

"You're carrying this guy's name; you're tagging him in; you're ringing his last bell and announcing his name," Gilhome said. "It's quite a solemn, emotional thing."

As Babb and Gilhome climbed their way to the top of Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas, Sherman Fire Department Pipe Band member Clayton Calloway performed during the ceremony.

"It was an awesome experience getting to play with some of the other pipers from different cities, getting to pay tribute to men and women who died," Calloway said.

This experience meant so much to these firefighters... and the country.

"It is an emotional experience," Babb said. "It's in memory of 343 of our brothers who passed away on that day. It showed courage to walk into that building knowing you might never walk out."

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