Former CNN journalists thankful for Albuquerque first responders

Chuck de Caro Lynne Russell

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It happened last year when former CNN journalists, Chuck de Caro and his wife Lynne Russell, were attacked a Motel 6. De Caro saved his wife by shooting and killing the attacker, after being shot himself. Now, the couple is back in Albuquerque for the first time since the incident.

“I’m trying to re-pay my debt to Albuquerque for saving my life,” said De Caro.

The incident was something he didn’t think he would survive.

“When you come within a couple of minutes of dying, you tend to appreciate those people who prevented you from dying,” he said.

He and his wife say they wouldn’t be here today were it not for Albuquerque’s first responders.

“The police, fire rescue, the paramedics, they all took their lives in their own hands to save his life,” said Lynne Russell.

Tuesday, the national security expert is back here for a conference, giving tips on understanding how terrorist groups think. They’re also here to thank the City of Albuquerque.

“We were saying today is the first time really, that was the first time we were here together. Now, we can come back and we have so much to be grateful for,” said Russell.

De Caro still has trouble walking, and says the road to recovery has been a tough one. However, the couple refuses to let it put a damper on their spirits or sense of humor.

The couple tells us they do not blame Albuquerque for what happened and that they still have good memories of coming here. They are currently in the middle of a lawsuit with Motel 6. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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