Local firefighters pay tribute to 9/11 first responders


Firefighters throughout Bernalillo County paid homage to all of the fallen heroes on the anniversary of September 11.

City firefighters will endure the grueling feat the 343 firefighters took seventeen years ago on this date, while county firefighters will honor the fallen with a moment of silence.

“It’s a quiet remembrance for those that gave their ultimate sacrifice. In doing their job, their personal safety was foregone, they did what they had to do to save as many lives as possible,” said Chief Brian Rose of BCFD.

Tuesday morning, all 12 Bernalillo County Fire Stations will pull their trucks out in front of the bay doors with engines off but emergency lights on.

At 6:46 a.m., the Bernalillo County Dispatch Center will say a tribute on all fire control channels.

All firefighters will stand for a moment of silence.

Later in the morning, Albuquerque Fire Rescue will participate in the annual 9/11 stair climb.

In full bunker gear, each one of the firefighters will climb the stairs of the U.S. Eagle Bank building, simulating 110 stories — the same height as the World Trade Center.

The climb begins at 8:46 a.m., the exact moment the first plane struck the North Tower.

The trek is no easy feat. Bunker gear the firefighters will be carrying weighs more than 50 pounds.

Following the stair climb, a memorial ceremony will be held at Civic Plaza for the public to attend.

That ceremony will begin at noon.

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