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Area Firefighters Observe 9/11

Both at home and in Jefferson City, firefighters from Willow Springs paused on Saturday and observed the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Three members of Eleven Point Rural Fire Department traveled to Jefferson City to participate in the Missouri State Fire Marshal 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. 
Eleven Point Fire Chief Frank Vanhorn, Assistant Chief Teresa Vanhorn, and firefighter Corey “Pumpkin” Haas, climbed the equivalent height of the Twin Towers via staircases: 110 floors. 
“Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, NYPD, PAPD and EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center,” according to the event’s website, “Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget. This Stair Climb will help fund programs provided by Supporting Heroes.”
The event raised more than $27,000. 
At home in Willow Springs, Willow Springs Fire Department Chief Vance Farmer organized an impromptu demonstration to mark Patriot Day.
“I usually just set up one of our fire trucks with flags as a memorial. With this year being the 20th anniversary, my crew and I decided that something more sincere needed to happen. We walked from our fire station to Bailey Chevrolet. We stopped at the 4-way, blocked all traffic, got down on our knees, and prayed.”
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