Fireplace in Albuquerque, legislation enforcement businesses recall forces who died on September 11th

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – City and state officials, firefighters and police officers gathered with the community at Civic Plaza to honor the men and women who went to work on September 11 and never came home. Charles Cogburn is a retired Lieutenant in the Albuquerque Fire Department. He was also the keynote speaker at the ceremony. He shares, “It was just one terrible day in our nation’s history and it is a day when we really need to pause, remember, and honor those who died that day.”

Cogburn was posted to Afghanistan and started the stair climbing tradition in 2003. “When we’re on the stairs, it’s gloomy, you only hear footsteps.” He says it was a personal way of honoring and respecting the lost. When he got back from overseas service, he shared it with his Albuquerque engine crew.

Every year, firefighters across the country climb the stairs to the 9/11 Memorial. This morning the Albuquerque Fire Department prepared for the challenge.

Emily Jaramillo, deputy director of AFR explains: “So we climb 110 steps at the bank building, then take a quick shower and come here for the official ceremony. So it’s a long day, lots of emotions and a lot of camaraderie. ”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller also attended the downtown ceremony. People in the ward shared why they felt it was important to pay tribute. Al Sena says, “It’s a way of recognizing it and remembering that 20 years later people are still affected by it.”

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