After taking pictures all day, Franklin said, he had nearly run out of space on his digital camera when he saw the firefighters hoisting the flag.
"I was about 30 or 40 yards away," he said. "Then all of a sudden the flag starts to go up this pole. I shot a burst of frames. It was over like that."
Initially, The Record ran the photo without identifying the firemen. Franklin hadn't tried to interview them afterward.
"It was a serious, serious news situation," he said. "I didn't talk to them, they didn't talk to me. We walked right past each other."