FORT WORTH (August 23, 2022) – City Center Fort Worth will host up to 200 first responders on Sunday, September 11, 2022 for a Memorial Tower Climb. First responders from City Center Security, local Police and Fire Departments, County Sherrif offices, and FBI agents will climb the stairs of the Bank of America Tower from the ground floor to the 27th floor.

The climbers will then return to the ground floor and repeat the 27-story climb a total of four times to approximate the 110-story climb to the top of the New York World Trade Center. Each climber will wear a lanyard with a photo and name of an original 9/11 First Responder.

The event is open to first responders by advance registration. City Center has a few remaining slots open for first responders from around North Texas. First responders can sign up online at www.citycenterfw.com/memorial-tower-climb


“Our City Center head of security brought the idea to us,” said Johnny Campbell, President and CEO of City Center Management. “Joel Glenn is a former Secret Service agent on the Presidential Protection Detail. He’s served downtown Fort Worth and City Center for more than 40 years. We’ve expanded our invitation to first responders from across North Texas and would love to see representation from a broad range of agencies.”

The event will begin at 8:25 a.m. Sunday, September 11 with opening remarks from City Center Management CEO Johnny Campbell, City Center Security Chief Joel Glenn, and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.

At 8:43 a.m. a bugler will play Taps, followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to mark the time American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

First responders will begin their climb at 8:47 a.m. when Fire Engine No. 1 sounds its siren.

Key moments will include:

9:03 a.m.                  Moment of Silence – All Pause   

                                              South Tower Hit by United Airlines Flight 175

                                                Fire Engine #1 sound siren

9:37 a.m.                  Moment of Silence – All Pause   

                                                       Pentagon hit by American Airlines Flight 77

                                                Fire Engine #1 sound siren

9:59 a.m.                  Moment of Silence – All Pause   

                                             South Tower Collapses

                                                Fire Engine #1 sound siren

10:03 a.m.                 Moment of Silence – All Pause   

                                             United Airlines Flight 93 Crashes in Shanksville, PA

                                                Fire Engine #1 sound siren

10:28 a.m.                Moment of Silence – All Pause   

                                             North Tower Collapses

                                                Fire Engine #1 sound siren

Noon                          The final climbers finish.

Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 415 were first responders, including 343 firefighters; 37 Port Authority and New Jersey police officers; 23 New York City police officers; eight private EMTs and paramedics; three New York State Court Officers; one New York Fire Patrol officer and one FBI Special Agent.

Over the course of three hours, 121 engine companies, 62 ladder companies and 27 fire officers were deployed to the scene. All off-duty firefighters were recalled—the first time the FDNY issued a total recall in more than 30 years.


City Center is the premier business address with Class A office space in downtown Fort Worth. Comprised of the Bank of America Tower and the Wells Fargo Tower, the two iconic towers offer stunning views of Fort Worth, connected parking and an on-site private club with fitness center. More info at https://citycenterfw.com

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