On Saturday, September 22, more than 300 firefighters from five states -- including representatives from the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District -- came to Missouri State University's Plaster Stadium to remember those lost on September 11, 2001.

The sixth annual Springfield Area Stair Climb saw firefighters and the general public participate in the National Fallen Firefighters (NFFF) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, a commemorative climb to honor the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who died on September 11, 2001.

More than 300 participants climbed the stairs of Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers. As part of registration the participants were asked to raise other funds for the NFFF. To date, registered climbers have raised more than $30,000 for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. All registration fees were directed to the NFFF to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed on September 11, 2001.

For more information, visit springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org.