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Albuquerque fire, law enforcement remember responders who died on 9/11 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-09-12 11:10:31 –

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – City and state officials, firefighters, and police officers gathered in the Civic Plaza community to honor men and women who went to work on 9/11 and did not return home. Charles Cogburn is a retired Lieutenant of the Albuquerque Fire Department. He was also the keynote speaker at the ceremony. “It was just a horrifying day in the history of our country, and it’s a day we really need to stop, remember, and respect those who died on that day,” he shares.

Cogburn was deployed in Afghanistan and began the tradition of climbing stairs in 2003. “When we’re on the stairs, it’s dark, all you hear is footsteps.” He says it was a personal way to honor and respect those lost that day. When he returned from his overseas service, he shared it with his Albuquerque engine crew.

Every year, firefighters from all over the country participate in the 9/11 commemorative stair climb. This morning, Albuquerque Fire Rescue prepared for the challenge.

Emily Jaramillo, Deputy Chief of AFR, explains: So it’s a long day, a lot of emotions and a lot of friendships. ”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor of Albuquerque Tim Keller also attended the downtown ceremony. People in the community shared why it was important for them to be respectful. “It’s a way to recognize them and remember that even 20 years later, people are still affected by it,” said Arsena.

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