Police, Fire Cadets Run 110 Flights of Stairs for 9/11

By Julie Tam
|  Friday, Sep 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:54 AM CDT
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Police and fire academy cadets take part in the third annual 9/11 Memorial Run at TCC's Northeast Campus.

Julie Tam

Police and fire academy cadets take part in the third annual 9/11 Memorial Run at TCC's Northeast Campus.

North Texas police and fire academy cadets scaled 110 flights of stairs Friday morning to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.

About 60 cadets, along with officers and firefighters who teach in the academies, ran up and down the tower of the Fire Service Training Center on the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth starting just after 6 a.m.

They ran the 5-story tower 22 times for a total of 110 floors of stairs, which symbolizes the 110 floors in each of the Twin Towers.

"We want to represent those lives that were lost, of course -- police, fire, civilians. It's very symbolic of the American spirit. And we just want to let people know that we're here to support them and we're never going to forget," said Scott Donaldson, assistant coordinator of the Criminal Justice Training Center.

It was their third annual 9/11 Memorial Run.

The police departments of Alvarado, Bedford, Blue Mound, Colleyville, Euless, Flower Mound, Granbury, Irving, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Roanoke and the Tarrant County College District; the Department of Public Safety offices of Southlake and Watauga; and Texas Parks and Wildlife were represented.

Cadets in the 146th and 147th Basic Peace Officer Academies participated.

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