ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the first Albuquerque City Council meeting since Ken Sanchez’s death, his colleagues worked to ensure his service would not soon be forgotten.
In a gesture those who knew him described as fitting, the council on Wednesday voted unanimously to name a West Central fire station after Sanchez, a veteran councilor who died earlier this month.
“First responders were so important to him,” Sanchez’s daughter, Jaclyn Sanchez-Zamora, told the council. “There’s not a better way to honor him.”
Cynthia Borrego, Diane Gibson and Klarissa Pena co-sponsored the resolution to memorialize Sanchez at Albuquerque Fire Rescue Station 7, at 5715 Central NW. Their bill said Sanchez was “instrumental in securing funding for the land acquisition and construction of” the station, which opened in 2012.