Dallas, TX — Early Saturday morning, 343-firefighters and volunteers responded to a higher call; they gathered for a purpose and they climbed for a cause.
Decked in full gear, the men and women scaled 110-stories in a stuffy stairwell — each step marked a memory and a fallen member of Dallas Fire-Rescue.
“We, ourselves in the city of Dallas, we’ve had over 70-line of duty deaths in our history,”DFR Capt. Mark Combs said. “For us, we always remember. We wanted to raise awareness in the community that these are your public servants – these are the guys that came to work with every intention of coming home, but didn’t have that opportunity that day.”
The Fire Rescue International Remembrance Stair Climb was held at the Omni Hotel in Dallas. This particular climb is the first and only of its kind. Money raised from the event benefits the Lt. Todd Krodle Memorial Fund which provides scholarships and financial help to families who lost loved ones in the line of duty. Krodle died back in 2011 while battling an apartment fire in southwest Dallas.
“We miss them, we want them back. But, because we can’t get them back, this is the next best thing – take care of their families,” Capt. Combs said.
They’re small steps add up to big strides for a department and its heroes.