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Three Columbus firefighters participated in a recent 9/11 memorial stair climb to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Firefighters Jarrad Mullis, Chris Owens and Ben Spencer took part in the event April 11 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This was the second climb for Owens. He also completed the climb last year along with firefighters Leroy Armstrong and Scott Stam.

The fourth annual climb was conducted in conjunction with the fire department instructors conference. The climb included more than 600 participants. Firefighters climb 110 stairs within Lucas Oil Stadium.

The memorial stair climb benefits the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

This year firefighters met New York Fire Department Capt. (Ret.) Michael Dugan of Ladder 123 and Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton. Dugan survived both attacks on the World Trade Center, and Halton is the editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine.

The Columbus firefighters wore a badge with the name of a firefighter lost during the 9/11 attack.

More than 33,000 firefighters from all over the world visited Indianapolis for the annual fire department instructors conference.

The conference offers hands-on training classes, workshops, classroom sessions and a three-day exhibit of tools and technology.

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