Stair climb for fallen heroes

09-11-stair-climbMedford, Ore. — A number of 9/11 ceremonies were held across the Rogue Valley on Sunday. One of which, was a unique ceremony in the morning at one of the highest points in Medford.

Fire fighters from several districts across the Rogue Valley gathered today atop the Rogue Valley Manor for the annual stair climb in honor of the fire fighters that lost their lives during the 9/11 attack.

Fire fighters suited up in full gear and climbed ten flights of stairs to the top of the manor for a rooftop ceremony.

The annual event started in 2002, and members of Medford Fire District are proud that the tradition still lives on.

“It’s our duty, and it’s our honor to remember those that gave that ultimate sacrifice that day, and not just that day, but everyday,” said Captain David Ackles, Medford Fire District.

The rooftop ceremony lasted around 30 minutes, and included a moment of silence and a prayer for those who have fallen and a tribute to Medford Battalion Chief, Mark Burns, who passed away earlier this year from complications he sustained from the Oak Knoll Fire in 2012.

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