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Stair climb to honor Krodle, 9/11 victims

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A Dallas firefighter with local ties will be among those commemorated Saturday, during a memorial stair climb in downtown Dallas.

Lt. Todd Wesley Krodle died three years ago while battling an apartment fire. His funeral in Greenville days later drew firefighters from all over Texas, and from as far away as North Carolina and New York City.

The Lt. Todd Wesley Krodle Memorial Foundation was established by Krodle’s family and friends. Krodle died on Aug. 14, 2011 and the foundation serves to honor his legacy through the awarding of annual scholarships to children of Dallas Firefighters, the assisting of future Dallas Fire Department Line of Duty Death families, and the assisting of other needs within the department.

The foundation has scheduled a remembrance stair climb Saturday, in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire-Rescue International Conference in Dallas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel , 555 South Lamar Street in Dallas.

The climb is designed to honor all fallen Dallas firefighters and fallen firefighters from the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Proceeds benefit both the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Lt. Todd Wesley Krodle Memorial Foundation.

Krodle lived in Caddo Mills, had graduated from Greenville High School and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce.

He was serving in his dream job, as a firefighter. Krodle had been with the Dallas Fire Department since 1993, all but one year with Fire Station No. 26 in Oak Cliff.

Participation in the stair climb is $30 per person. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with the climb starting at 9:10 a.m. Saturday.

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