Every year firefighters, police and EMTs from across the country gather to remember and honor those who lost their lives during the attacks on 9/11. They will join 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and nine EMTs at the Renaissance Tower to climb 110 flights of stairs, the same number of flights that were in the World Trade Center.
For the third time, Lakeside City Volunteer firefighter Cory Glassburn is training for the Memorial Climb. Each person carries the name and picture of one of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the first year he met a dear friend of the firefighter he climbed for.
“He says is anyone climbing for Dennis Mojica? I thought man I’m pretty sure that’s my guy,” Glassburn said. “I reached in my pocket pulled out the picture and said is this that guy? And there was an eerie silence on the elevator going down. He gave me this wristband that has his information on it.”
Glassburn now climbs for Dennis Mojica every year. This time around, his brother, Kevin, a Burkburnett firefighter, will join him.
“It’s something different. It’s definitely brought us closer together,” Kevin Glassburn said.
“It will be a neat experience,” Cory Glassburn said. “I don’t know if it has happened before but for the camaraderie between my brother and me. It’s a good time and good memories for our families to share as they wait for us to come down.”
Kevin said it’s all about honoring the fallen on the way up.
“For me its, the guy I am climbing for firefighter Jeffrey Olsen,” Kevin Glassburn said. “31-years-old. Ran toward a building, into a building that everyone else was running away from. He left behind a wife, three young kids. This is a way to let his family and the world know that we will never forget.”
“Going up there the thing that kept running in my mind is I am very blessed because when I climb the 110 and I take the elevator back down I get to see my wife, I get to see my kids and I know I am coming back home,” Cory Glassburn said. “Those people going into those towers didn’t know what they were going into. They didn’t know if they were coming back.”
And soon, all across the country thousands will gather and climb to ensure the lives and sacrifices of so many like Dennis Mojica are never forgotten
Both Cory and Kevin Glassburn said they are looking forward to representing their communities this weekend. You can find more information on the Dallas Memorial Climb here.