Juneau firefighters, officers climb to remember those who perished during 9/11

Group portrait of all the participants before the main start of the 3rd Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Sept. 7, 2013 at the Juneau Federal Building. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Rubber bands were worn by the captain of each climbing team. They were turned in one-at-a-time as teams completed each lap of the stairwell. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Quotes and words of inspiration were posted all along the walls of the Juneau Federal Building stairwell. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Members of Rescue 2 relax in the freight elevator on the trip down between laps of the stairwell. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

With such inspiration, how could you not keep going? Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Rescue 2 makes it to the top. Only ten more laps to go. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Standard bunker or turnout gear with a filled air pack could weigh 50 pounds. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Fresh fruit, wet towels, drinking water and Gatorade awaited each team at the top before they boarded the freight elevator for the trip down. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Progress of each team is recorded on a situation board at the start/finish line in the basement of the Juneau Federal Building. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Some firefighters carried additional equipment like axes and hoses. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

A firefighter adjusts his teammate’s air pack while waiting for the trip down. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Juneau Police Officer Rayme Vinson participated as a one-man team carrying his patrol bicycle up each lap. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Members of Rescue 2, who were supposed to work their shift Saturday morning, rest and talk with other CCF&R officers after completion of their climb and before they go back on duty. Other firefighters covered their shift so that they could participate in the climb. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

An example of some of the lanyards worn by climbers which commemorate the 343 New York City firefighters and 60 police officers who lost their lives on 9/11. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

The captain of a team of local law enforcement officers turns in the last rubber band after they complete their 110 story climb. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighters, Juneau Police officers, and their families participated in the Third Annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Juneau Federal Building on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.


The event was intended to remember the 343 firefighters and 60 police officers who perished during 9-11 in New York City as well as a benefit for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.