Roll of Honor

Christopher Alexander Santora

Christopher Alexander Santora

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 23
  • Year of Death: 2001

Christopher Santora was a probationary firefighter in the New York City Fire Department. He was assigned to Engine 54‚ Battalion 9 on 48th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. He died on September 11‚ 2001 during the World Trade Center attack. Christopher was 23 years old when he died.

Christopher was also a teacher. He worked in Queens in both the elementary and middle school level. He loved American History. He was very proud that he was an American. He wanted everyone that he knew to be proud of his country. He majored in History at Queens College. He graduated in January 2000.

All those who knew Christopher remember his sense of humor‚ his laughter‚ his honesty‚ his love of sports‚ his favorite team – the Toronto Blue Jays‚ his patriotism and his beautiful smile.

In tribute to this young local hero‚ Christopher’s community has honored him with a street naming and an early childhood school in the community where he taught. His family has established an educational scholarship‚ which provides scholarships for students and educational materials for youths.

Alexander Santora

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Memorial Wall

  1. Dear Santora family,
    My name is Andrea Baughman and I had the honor of doing a 5K in honor of Christopher. I send your family and friends prayers every day!!

    – Andrea
  2. Hi, I had the honor of climbing the stairs in Lambeau Field today. I climbed in honor of your son, Chrisopher. I had Christophers picture badge on my shirt.
    I honor is selfless service… and pray for you and your family.
    Debbie

    – Debbie
  3. Greetings Santora family,
    I had the honor to do the 9/11 Memorial Stair climb in Charlotte NC for Christopher. I had a picture of him on my helmet and climbed 110 floors and every step was for Christopher. He was a hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you.

    – Trevor Moreno
  4. I had the pleasure of wearing a badge with a picture of your son Christopher’s picture on it today as I walked 110 flights of stairs in Richmond Virginia. It was tough to climb these flights and wanted to quit multiple times but your son inspired me and helped me continue the climb. I knew if I quit that it would be like quitting on him.
    It was like fate that he was the person I selected, since I am an elementary teacher and I love history as well. He is a hero and will never be forgotten and his inspiration was felt today. It was an honor to wear his name and photo and it is something I will never forget.

    – Austin
  5. Just walked 110 floors in honor of this fallen hero. May God continue to bring the family peace and comfort.

    – Paul Barnes
  6. I climbed at the Lambeau 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in honor of Christopher. It was truly a humbling experience. We shall never forget the sacrifice he gave. Thank you for your service Christopher. Roll on!

    – Nichole H
  7. Dear Santora family
    Yesterday I had the very special honor to climb the stairs at Lambeau field for your son Christopher. What a very special day to see everyone there honoring someone fallen on that very tragic day..Prayers for you. Paula Gardipee

    – Paula Gardipee
  8. Dear Santora family,

    I wanted to let you know that it was my honor to participate in the 911 Stairclimb at Lambeau Field yesterday in Green Bay, WI. I climbed in honor of Christopher…I will always be grateful for his selflessness and bravery and I pray for your family and friends! We will NEVER forget! Sending love!

    Susan Goetz

    – Susan Goetz
  9. Dear santora family,
    i was a student at ps 222 Christopher A. Santora and Ms santora was actually my kindergarten teacher I went to the memorial of the towers and found his name it has been 6 years since I’ve been to the school and i still remember when there was a case full of his things i still remember when i would come to school and ms santora would read the book about Christopher he was a hero to many ❤

    – Brianna caicedo
  10. Santora family,

    Today, 9/7/19, I had the distinct honor of wearing a badge bearing your son’s picture and name up 110 flights of stairs at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Reading his bio information here let me know I was meant to choose his badge as I am also a teacher. I cannot imagine your loss, but please know Christopher lives on and will hold a special place in my heart. ♥️

    – Stevie
  11. I was honored to wear a badge with your son’s picture today. He sounds like a wonderful young man and I am forever grateful for his service.
    -Columbus, OH

    – Chrissy Leyshon
  12. Dear Santora family,
    I did a memorial stair climb today in St. Louis. I had the honor of climbing 110 stories for Chris. I announced his name and rang the bell in his honor upon completion. His name and honor will live on forever. Thank you for Christopher.
    Anna Wideman
    Firefighter Desoto Rural Fire Protection District

    – Anna Wideman
  13. We remember. ⚘

    – Linda Triggs
  14. I am remembering the Santora family today, the parents, and especially Maureen, who worked with my mother, Rhoda Lande, at PS 122 in Astoria, Queens, NY. I want his siblings and his nephew (who was a toddler, last I saw the family) and other family, to know that I think of him every year on this day. He is not forgotten by many, and his family has done all they can to keep him honored and his memory alive, with fine educational projects in his name. I regret to say that I have lost touch with his mother, but if any of the family see this, please know that I remember seeing you at the annual dance and fundraising function in his name. I was not able to attend the last few years, due to an injury, but if the world goes back to ‘normal’ and group functions are allowed…please let me know if you still do your tributes to his memory. Much respect….from Laurence Lande, retired Brooklyn high school film/drama teacher.

    – Laurence Lande
  15. For the last few years our fire team has participated in Memorial stair climbs to remember the sacrifice of New York firefighters on September 11, 2001. This year because of Covid we were not able to gather together for these events. Instead we chose to walk in our own neighborhoods in our fire gear as a memorial and a tribute. Christopher Santora is one of those heroes, this morning I walked 5 miles through the neighborhood in my bunker gear in his memory. We will Always remember. Your family is in our prayers.
    -Phillip Hamilton

    – Phillip Hamilton