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Firefighters Mark 9/11 With Climb

LAS VEGAS (AP) —About 275 southern Nevada firefighters and police officers ascended the tallest building in Las Vegas to mark the memories of colleagues killed in the collapse of New York’s World TradeCenter towers 10 years ago.

It was tough for firefighters wearing their usual 50 pounds of protective turnout gear and air supply tanks for Sunday’s 108-story climb up the Stratosphere casino tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

But Las Vegas Firefighter Gregg Burns says it’s nothing compared with what rescuers in New York faced after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The 49-year-old Burns calls those men and women his heroes.

Burns stuck an American flag to his helmet and carried photos of New York firefighters Thomas Gambino Jr. and Stephen E. Belson during his climb up the stairs.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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