Roll of Honor

Brian G. McAleese

Brian G. McAleese

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 36
  • Year of Death: 2001

From his mother:
Brian was a very compassionate person. He was a wonderful father and husband. He had many interests and had great panache and style. His most important charity was the MS Society. A short time before his death Brian was on a fishing trip with the MS Society; he is pictured right in front of the twin towers. He had time for everyone. He was always there for his father who died seven months before our own beautiful Brian was killed. They are now together in the Palm of His Hand.

From his wife:

Brian was a hero in everyday life. A hero throughout his life.

A New York City Firefighter‚ killed in the line of duty‚ September 11‚ 2001‚ at the World Trade Center.

Brian was a young‚ warm‚ kind-hearted‚ compassionate‚ vibrant‚ fun‚ loving‚ spirited‚ courageous‚ generous‚ adventurous and brave man.

Brian was also a father‚ husband‚ son‚ brother‚ uncle‚ cousin‚ in-law & friend.

Brian had a tremendous spirit and zest for life.

Brian always did things to help. Without fanfare or recognition.

Brian had hopes‚ dreams‚ meaning and life‚ a life full of infinite possibilities.

Who Brian was‚ and anything that Brian did‚ made a difference.

Brian knew that life was not a dress rehearsal; it is what we make of it.

Brian valued and treasured life.

Born in 1964‚ Brian was the son of Ann Marie and John J. McAleese. Brian was the brother of Kevin‚ Patricia‚ John & Maureen.

In January of 1994‚ Brian was appointed to the FDNY. In June of 1994‚ he married his long time companion‚ Dawn.

Between 1996 and 2001‚ Brian became a father‚ four times; a daughter‚ followed by three sons.

First born in 1996 – Brianne Marie‚ in 1997 – Jack Ryan‚ in 1999 – Liam Francis‚ and in 2001 – Aidan James.

Brian loved the ocean. He loved to travel. Brian was an adventurer.

Brian helped many people‚ whether he knew them or not‚ without question‚ without hesitation‚ in any way that he could. He was many things to many people.

Brian‚ as well‚ volunteered his time to the National MS Society‚ escorting people afflicted with the disease on various outings.

Brian was known for always – ‘doing the right thing.’

Brian enjoyed history‚ ice cream‚ ice-cold beer‚ fine wine‚ good food‚ a cigarette‚ coffee and conversation.

Brian lost the life he treasured‚ on September 11‚ 2001‚ at the age of 36.

Brian was our treasure. His life was taken far too early; a life that affected so very‚ very many lives.

His smile‚ his laugh‚ the band of kindness and compassion he brought with him wherever he went‚ all are forever missed.

Brian‚ the man‚ the person‚ the father‚ husband‚ son‚ brother‚ uncle‚ cousin‚ in-law‚ the everyday hero‚ the friend; lives forever in our hearts‚ will never be forgotten and will be‚ forever missed. Brian G. McAleese Brian was a very compassionate person. He was a wonderful father and husband. He had many interests and had great panache and style. His most important charity was the MS Society. A short time before his death Brian was on a fishing trip with the MS Society; he is pictured right in front of the twin towers. He had time for everyone. He was always there for his father who died seven months before our own beautiful Brian was killed. They are now together in the Palm of His Hand.

Memorial Wall

  1. May your soul shine on!

    Love & light,

    Judy McAleese

    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada

    – Judy McAleese
  2. I didn’t know Brian. I was working downtown on 911, near WTC. It was a frightening and devastating experience. I remain eternally grateful for Brian and all of the responders who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the safety of others.

    Today, I learned more about Brian’s selfless life. As a Baldwin resident, today, my son was awarded the Brian McAleese Memorial scholarship award. We proudly accept this high honor in Brian’s memory which has inspired my son to pay it forward. Your memory and heroic service lives on. Thank you

    – Yorel Levy
  3. I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Green Bay, Wisconsin 2015. I was given the firefighter Brain McAleese. I proudly climbed 110 stories for Brain and his sacrifice. Thank you Brain for your sacrifice. You have been a part of my family and my husband’s firefighter family for one year now and we promise to never forget. I climbed again today (9/10/16) in memory of your sacrifice.

    – Karen Irish
  4. Today in Anaheim, California at Disneyland. We are walking for our fallen Heros from 9/11. I was given Brian as my hero to walk for. Thank you Brian!!!

    – Tara Guillen
  5. Remembering Brian today, and praying for Dawn and his kids, and for the whole McAleese family as they mourn and remember the Salt and Light that Brian was to so many…

    Gene & Betty Egan and Family

    – Gene Egan
  6. When Brian was seven, I had the honor and blessing to be his second grade teacher. Brian was an energetic and fun loving child. He was well liked by all in his class for his great personality. Brian displayed so many of the characteristics that made him the hero he became. We will keep him forever in our prayers. God bless you Brian!

    – Diane McGuire
  7. Brian’s acts of kindness were a constant throughout his life. My father, Lt. John Baker – FDNY, died after a long debilitating illness. Brian found out that we wanted our Dad to be buried in a FDNY uniform. Without discussing it with anyone, Brian drove out to the funeral home in NJ and made the undertaker redress my father in a FDNY uniform. His acts of kindness that day meant the world to our family. He gave our father back the dignity he had lost from Alzheimer’s. We discovered it was Brian’s uniform after his death on 9/11.

    Catherine Baker Gillespie

    – Catherine Baker Gillespie
  8. I miss you every day little brother. There are no adequate words to describe how much life you crammed into 36 years. All you did for so many MS sufferers of all ages and all those others you helped when they needed it. More than 15 years ago and yet sometimes a sound , or a smell, and I’m still transported back to that day, and that pile, looking for you. There’s an emptiness we all live with since you left that will never be filled. Never ,…and I will NEVER FORGET you my brother.

    – Kevin McAleese
  9. I named my youngest son after Brian. He wants to be a fireman like his namesake. May my Brian Timothy MacAleese become half the man of his hero, Brian McAleese.

    – Greg MacAleese
  10. He is celebrated in Canada and forever in our hearts

    – Terry j mcaleese
  11. You were a great guy Brian. My dad Jim Espey said you were one of his best friends. I wish I could’ve met you.

    – Sean Espey
  12. Hello,
    My name is Missy and I am running a 5k for Brian tomorrow. It is an annual run called RUN FOR THE FALLEN in Kronenwetter WI. In remembrance of him and his life. God bless to all who love and miss him.

    Sincerely
    Missy

    – Melissa Pitzrick
  13. I am climbing the Richmond 2018 Memorial Stair Climb, and have the honor of representing Brian. I am proud to take such a wonderful person to the top with me today. His memory is not forgotten!
    FF Rusty Hart
    Mineral, VA

    – Rusty Hart
  14. Brian,
    Keeping our promise…We Will Never Forget…Took my sister to the memorial yesterday, 9/10/18. It was the first time she has come, even after living within an hour of your memorial her whole life. Only now was she ready to experience that day again. She lost other friends in the south tower, and we saw both their names with yours. She remembers how blue the sky was that day, and appreciated the wall of blue tiles that those that will never forget placed in honor of all that perished under that blue sky. We still pray over your family, for their protection and faith until they share your presence again in eternity!

    The Emerson Ave. Egans

    – Gene Egan
  15. This year I participated in McAllen, TX stair climb honoring the 343 Firefighters. I was surprised to finding out that I had honor to climb Mr. Brian McAleese for the second year in a row without requesting to. Thought this was unique since what are the odds of this happening. I climb this year again in your honor!

    – Gladis
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