Emergency medical technician Anthony Terrazas doubled over a rail with sweat rolling down his face and waited for his partner after he reached the 27th floor of the City Center on Sept. 11.

Terrazas and hundreds of first responders climbed the towers in honor of 9/11 victims.

“It’s amazing,” Terrazas said. “This is my second time doing one.”

The City Center, 301 Commerce St., hosted its tower climb in which first responders and others climbed 27 floors to the top of the tower, came down, then repeated the climb four times to simulate the 110-story climb of the World Trade Center.

At 8:46 a.m., a moment of silence marked the time American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Climbers began the journey at 8:47 a.m. Moments of silence were taken at 9:03 a.m., when the South Tower of the World Trade Center was hit by United Airlines Flight 175; 9:37 a.m., when the Pentagon was hit by American Airlines Flight 77; 9:59 a.m., when the first tower collapsed; 10:03 a.m., when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and 10:28 a.m., when the North Tower collapsed.

“This feels awesome doing it,” Terrazas said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...