On this day, 19 years ago, New York City Firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs to help rescue people in the Twin Towers.
On this day, 19 years ago, 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) lost their lives in an effort to save others.
On this day, area firefighters will pay a special tribute to the New York City Firefighters that lost their lives September, 11, 2001 by climbing 110 flights of stairs simulating the number of flights in the World Trade Center Twin Towers.
The first Barkley Dam Memorial Climb will take place at 9 am on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Barkley Dam in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. The Grand Lakes Department in Livingston County is organizing the event.
In years past, area firefighters have participated in the Nashville, Tennessee Memorial Climb. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was canceled.
All area firefighters are welcome to participate. If interested, call Dale Totten at 270-252-4111.
A commemorative ceremony will follow the climb. T-shirts will be sold at the event with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The event will take place on the Barkley Dam steps. Take KY Highway 62 to Lake City, turn on Barkley Dam Road (beside Knoth's BBQ), and then take a left at the Y. The steps are located on the left side of the road.
If the event is rained out on Saturday, then the event will be postponed to Sunday, Sept. 13.