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.