National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 44
Year of Death: 2001

Charles J. Margiotta

Charles J. Margiotta‚ 44‚ lieutenant‚ FDNY‚ Battalion 22. The 240-pound‚ 20-year FDNY veteran had a degree from Brown University and worked as a stuntman in dozens of feature films‚ including Hannibal. He was also a private investigator‚ a substitute teacher‚ and a soccer coach. On September 11‚ he heard the news about the World Trade Center on his truck radio and rushed to the nearest firehouse in Staten Island to join the rescue efforts.

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  1. Today I participated in the 2015 Pierce 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in memory of Lieutenant Charles J. Margiotta from Ladder 58. He was in my thoughts all day it was an honor to climb in his memory.

    Thank you for all that you did Charles.

    – Bethany
  2. Today I participated in the 2016 9/11 Stair Climb in Kingsport, TN in memory of Lieutenant Charles J. Margiotta Ladder 85. He’s in my thoughts today during the climb.

    – Sharon
  3. I participated in the Melbourne Firefighters Stair Climb on the 2nd of September 2017, we are each given a fallen firefighter from 9/11, Charles J Margiotta was mine. Never Forgotten.

    – Brenton Allan
  4. Today (September 16, 2017) I had the privilege of doing the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI in honor and remembrance of Lt. Charles Margiotta. I prayed for Charles and gave thanks for all he did on his last day and all the days he served. I also prayed for the family and friends of Charles who were touched by him and continue to miss him. God Bless!

    – Sara Hockers
  5. I participated in the 2017 9/11 Stair Climb in Green Bay, WI in memory of Charles J. Margiotta. He and his family are in my thoughts. Never forget.

    – Sheena Frydrych
  6. Today (September 8th 2018) I was both honored and humbled to participate in the 2018 CNY MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB. Lt Charles Margiotta was assigned to me. He was a very talented man in many ways including his education, love to teach children, and stuntman just to name a few. Today he and many others were in my thoughts, and will be never forgotten. Thank you for your service Lt.
    343-70-8 Never forget

    – Eric Whipple
  7. Today I participated in the 9/11 tower challenge Lt. Charles Margiotta name was on my event band.. I came to read his bio.. and thought what a brave man to run towards chaos instead of running away from it.. Never forgotten!

    – Jaya
  8. September 22 I did the stair climb in Lambeau Field in memory of Charles Margiotta. I drove 7 hours to do this for my first time and I can’t wait to do it again. Iam a 47 yr old with 23 yrs on my department. I will always keep Charles and his family in my prayers. Never forget

    – Darren holst
  9. I participated in the 2019 Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb climbing 28 floors with Charles helping me all the way up on my race bib. Never Forgotten!

    – Tom Maddison
  10. Today, 9/11/2019, I participated in a memorial stair climb at the University of Kentucky in honor of Lt. Charles Margiotta. I’ve never felt more humbled and inspired. This was an amazing experience, especially as an Air Force ROTC cadet.

    – Madi Graves
  11. 9/15/19 – Today I participated in the 9/11 Stair Climb in Wildwood NJ. I am honored to have participated in memory of Lt. Margiotta NEVER FORGET

    – Steve Gooley
  12. Today, I ran for Lieutenant Charles Margiotta, Battalion 22. He was 44 years old. A husband, father of 2, an avid gardener. In his spare time, he worked as a private investigator, a substitute teacher, a stunt man, and as a coach for his kid’s soccer team. Charles was known as “the nicest tough guy”, and on 9/11 he rode towards the twin towers with Rescue Company No. 5, after he had just finished a “mutual” shift of a fellow firefighter. He was on his way home. Charles turned his truck around to help. He knew he wasn’t on the duty roster, so he called his mother. His wife was working, he left a message for her, ” I love you.”

    We are not always on the roster, but we can still show up.

    Christiana Benson
  13. Lieutenant Margiotta,

    Twenty years ago tomorrow will be the day that you made the ultimate sacrifice. When you heard the towers were hit, you didn’t hesitate and went straight to a station and hopped on a truck. I’m sure you were well aware of the possibility you wouldn’t come home from this one. The bravery, honor, and integrity you showed that day will live forever in mine and millions of other peoples hearts for many years to come. It is an absolute honor that I get to climb for you tomorrow. May you Rest In Peace sir.

    – Dakota Meadows
  14. Twenty-one years later on 9/11, I commemorate your selfless act and heroism as you joined your fellow firefighters in helping others.

    – Karen Spurlin
  15. I will be participating in the Hometown Happenings 9/11 Stair Climb on Monday, September 11th in memory of Lieutenant Charles Joseph Margiotta. It will be an Honor to walk on his behalf. God Bless.

    – Alma Cappadora
  16. Today I climbed in your honor in Scottsdale. I’m sorry for all the birthdays you never got to see. You will never be forgotten. 9-9-22

    – Victoria
  17. 9/17/23

    Today my family and I did a stair climb in honor of Charles J. Margiotta. I hope his family sees this and knows that he is still remembered.

    – Tom Sheehan