Despite the best efforts of a Florida man intent on planting a bomb at the event, the Kansas City 911 Stair Climb went off as planned Sunday morning.
Joshua Ryne Goldberg, of Orange Park, Florida, was arrested for allegedly trying to place a bomb at the event. But firefighters and first responders from all across the country were not to be deterred as they climbed 110 stories in full gear in honor of the members of the New York Fire Department who perished during the 9/11 attacks, according to WDAF-TV. Those who participated attached photos of the NYPD firemen to their uniforms or oxygen tanks.
And the terrorist threat only added to their resolve.
“We are never forgetting and we are showing that,” Dave Bova told WDAF-TV. “We don’t back down. We are going to hold this event for as long as we can and we are going to climb for the 343 every year.”
Goldberg had allegedly instructed an informant on how to make a bomb out of a pressure cooker, stating that it should be filled with nails and other metal items dipped in rat poison.
Photos of the brave men and women who took part in the memorial climb made their way to social media proving that, even though security was ramped up, just as on 9/11, terrorism failed to dampen the American spirit.
Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
Members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department took part in the Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Tdm45ExPtI
— Emergency Management (@LVCountyEOC) September 14, 2015
Sunrise Beach members at the KC Stair Climb Never forget pic.twitter.com/u4zBstcQPS
— Sunrise Beach FPD (@SBFPD) September 13, 2015
— Firefighter Nation (@firenation) September 14, 2015
— City of Gladstone (@gladstonemo) September 14, 2015
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) September 14, 2015
— Ronelle Williams (@rnllwilliamsKQ2) September 13, 2015
Fight fighters are suiting up for the Kansas City 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. They’ll go up Town Pavilion three times. pic.twitter.com/PneLsOEjyz
— Cody J. Newill (@CodyNewill) September 13, 2015
110 floors at the KC stairclimb to honor the 343 that died valiantly trying to save others on 9/11 pic.twitter.com/kcDShJksth
— Manhattan Fire (@ManhattanFD) September 14, 2015
— 41 Action News (@41ActionNews) September 14, 2015
— Laura Neal (@LauraNealTV) September 13, 2015
— Mission Survivor (@MissionSurvivor) September 14, 2015
— Kansas city Mo (@kansasCityMoRR) September 13, 2015
343 firefighters died in 911. Their faces are here today at the KC stair climb. pic.twitter.com/5Ltm8cyqe0
— Ali Hoxie (@ali_hoxie) September 13, 2015
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