National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 36
Year of Death: 2001

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez‚ 36‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 279. Rodriguez had served as a U.S. Navy radioman for 10 years and was barely six months into his FDNY career. Although his tenure was brief‚ Rodriguez considered it the best job in the world. On the way home to his Staten Island family when the World Trade Center was attacked‚ Rodriguez called to tell them he was headed back to work. Three days later‚ his wife gave birth to their sixth child.

Memorial Posts


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  1. Anthony, yesterday I walked 110 stories in Green Bay WI at Lambeau Field in memory of you. Thank you for the bravery on that day, and for everything you did for you job up until that day. I am teacher and on this day we always talk about that yes there are bad people in this world, but we focus on the many HELPERS that were there on that day. And how so many people risked their lives to help others. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I will continue to send prayers of strength to your family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the selfless act you did 15 years ago.

    – Erica Kentop
  2. For some reason your name has stuck in my head all these years. Your wife gave birth to your child 3 days after the attacks and I was a paramedic home on maternity leave at the time. You are my hero. In spite of what you had to lose, you still chose to climb those stairs not knowing if you would ever make it out. That is a hero. God bless your family.

    – Rebecca
  3. Anthony, is a true HERO, who choose to go back to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Anthony, as well as the other 343 firefighters, will never be forgotten.

    – Lisa Hopman, Quincy Fire Departmet, CA
  4. Sir on Saturday in San Diego I will be walking in the 9/11 stair climb memorial and will be doing it in honor of you. Bless your family and thank you for your service.

    – Jasmine Holcombe
  5. I wanna say thank u for all the people the was there in 9/11 we just climbed 1300 stairs in lambeau field today I wanna say that I’m very happy that everyone made it through the entire thing

    – Emma Whitehead
  6. It has been so many years and today I am faced with the fact that I lost a very dear friend and it is the truth. I remember you were the kindest person I ever met and was told that you faced 911 with true bravery. I was a fellow radioman with me Norfolk VA. Today you are my hero and I know you left a legacy for others to follow. I will never forget you.

    – Barbara Sanders
  7. I serve with Mr.Rodriguez on the USS Fulton for 1989 thur 1991. From the first day I reported to the Fulton he greeted me if I was his young brother and took me under his wing and taught me to be a great radio man and a respectful young man. He was are starting Shortstop on our softball team.It took me so long to visit this memorial wall because it really hurts my heart so much because this man made a impacted in my life and helped mode me in a positive way and was one of my male role models that affect me until the day I die…T rest in peace my real hero may we meet again in heaven much love RM3 Alejandro Diaz USS Fulton New London CT.

    – Alejandro Diaz Jr
  8. I was honored to carry your badge Anthony for the 911 Memorial Stair climb at Salt River Fields here in Scottsdale AZ on 9/9/2023. I looked you up and learned about you. May your family and children always be blessed and you will not EVER BE FORGOTTEN!

    – Christopher Robertsson
  9. Like Diaz below, Anthony was a big brother to me too since first day I reported to USS Fulton in new London, CT in 1989. The ship had just left to NYC for fleet week and I was a 17 yr old kid from Bronx on my first assignment in Navy. He made me feel like a little brother and took me under his wing until the ship came back. I have never have forgotten. When we leave the Navy we search for our brothers and sister shipmates later in life. I was sad to find out he had lost his life during 9-11. Anthony always giving of himself relentlessly and always smiling, we will never forget you. I didn’t get a chance to meet you again and your family since I have been out of the Navy, but one day in Heaven will meet again to give you my thanks as well. May God bless your soul and family you continue to always look over from heaven. MM3 Rodriguez A-Gang USS Fulton AS-11

    – Ismael Rodriguez