Photo of the Day: Firefighters 9/11 memorial stair climb at CenturyLink building

Among the thousands of people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were 343 members of the New York Fire Department. To honor their sacrifice, firefighters from all over the area, including Boulder, are taking part in a memorial stair climb at the CenturyLink building downtown. According to Boulder spokeswoman Kim Kobel, participants outfitted in 75 pounds of bunker gear (like that worn during the ill-fated rescue attempts) will climb CenturyLink's 55 stories of stairs twice, to approximate the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. While doing so, each will carry a photo of a firefighter killed twelve years ago today. A fitting memorial, and a moving one.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts