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Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron hike up the stairs of the fire training tower Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during their 7th annual fire climb, held to honor the victims and heroes who perished on that day 15 years ago. Every year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron hike up the stairs of the fire training tower Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during their 7th annual fire climb, held to honor the victims and heroes who perished on that day 15 years ago. Every year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

A memorial is displayed during the 7th annual 9/11 fire climb by the Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Each year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

A memorial is displayed during the 7th annual 9/11 fire climb by the Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Each year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron climb the stairs of the fire training tower during their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Each year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron climb the stairs of the fire training tower during their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Each year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron honor the fallen with their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. To remember the victims and heroes who perished on that day, 15 years ago, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron honor the fallen with their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. To remember the victims and heroes who perished on that day, 15 years ago, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron and other Reservists from the 507th Air Refueling Wing pray before beginning their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. To remember the victims and heroes who perished 15 years ago, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron and other Reservists from the 507th Air Refueling Wing pray before beginning their 7th annual fire climb Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. To remember the victims and heroes who perished 15 years ago, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Okie firefighters from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron hike up the stairs of the fire training tower Sept. 11, 2016, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during their 7th annual fire climb, held to honor the victims and heroes who perished on that day 15 years ago. Every year, Reservists climb up and down the fire-training tower to complete the 18 laps within 56 minutes, the amount of time it took the South Tower of the World Trade Center to collapse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)