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Hundreds Climb Stairs At Hammons Field To Honor Fallen 9/11 Heroes

Austin Robertson

Hundreds Climb Stairs At Hammons Field To Honor Fallen 9/11 Heroes

By Austin Robertson. CREATED Jul 27, 2013

The weather couldn't have been much better for today's 9/11 memorial stair climb at Hammons Field. Organizer Adam Neff, who's also a Battalion Chief with the Nixa Fire Department, says early numbers show 250 people actively participated in climbing the equivalent of 110 stories, which were in the Twin Towers.

Neff says the roughly $7,000 in proceeds will benefit families of the firefighters killed in the terror attacks. There was also a portion donated to Lieutenant Matt Blankenship's family. He died a week after getting burned in a house fire in Marshfield.

"To take somebody who's a volunteer and take the dedication he showed...you know the reality of the job is, we get hurt and sometimes we die. We do that because of a sense of duty," says Neff.

Neff says the local stair climb was such a success, he's helping plan one for next year.