Roll of Honor

Dana Rey Hannon

Dana Rey Hannon

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 29
  • Year of Death: 2001

Like every other fireman‚ Dana didn’t choose this profession. It chose him. As a child he sat with a red plastic fire hat on his head as he watched Emergency on T.V. As soon as Dana graduated from high school‚ he joined the volunteer fire department in town – where he eventually attained the rank of captain. He was always taking classes at the Bergen County Fire Academy – his appetite for learning about firematics was insatiable. His dream was always to be on the job in New York City and he continuously worked to make this a reality.

Dana took tests for other fire departments throughout the country and in 1998 he joined the Bridgeport Fire Department in Bridgeport‚ CT as he waited to be called to the FDNY. In February 2000‚ he was awarded the Medal of Valor‚ the second highest award the Bridgeport Fire Department can bestow upon one of its members. Along with another firefighter‚ he located and rescued an unconscious woman from an apartment that was completely engulfed in flames and smoke.

On February 3‚ 2000 my family and I watched as Dana realized his dream and graduated from the New York City fire academy. It was a proud day for all of us. Dana was assigned to Ladder 34 in Washington Heights. He spent approximately one year there and was then rotated to Engine 26 in Midtown Manhattan. He was supposed to return to Ladder 34‚ a place he considered home‚ on December 8‚ 2001. Dana also recently began to teach various classes to fire department and was a hands-on training instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

He was handsome‚ funny‚ sarcastic as hell‚ caring‚ protective‚ compassionate‚ and handy (he could fix anything). He was an avid hunter and fisherman – we always knew what he would be doing on opening day of duck season. He taught me how to spit as we walked home from school as kids. Growing up‚ my family traveled across the U.S. in my grandparents’ motor home during the summers. We went horseback riding out West‚ listened to the rumble of the water at Niagara Falls‚ and watched the sun set on the Grand Canyon (Dana asked my mom why we traveled so far to see a hole in the ground). I went to Australia in July 2001 with two of my friends and Dana and his girlfriend of five years. We all watched as he proposed to her at the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

He was a son to Gaye and Thomas Hannon‚ a grandson to Elizabeth and Raymond Kohan‚ a fianc_ to Allison Dansen‚ a friend to many‚ and he will always be my brother.

He was born to be a fireman – I know that but it doesn’t make this any easier.

Memorial Wall

  1. I am very sincerely sorry for your loss. I may not know you but i know that it still hurts and know that you are not alone. God bless America and God bless 343.

    – Justin
  2. My family is from College point.we have family members who were firemen,cops,housing workers and so on.My heart goes out to Dana’s family.

    – RICHARD HANNON
  3. I just wanted to say that today 9/1/2016 I walked the memorial stair climb in honor of Dana. He was a true hero and its a privalage to be able to climb those 110 stories. God Bless

    – Bryan Lee
  4. I was proud to carry a picture of your brother at today’s 9-11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks in Colorado. Thank you for telling me more about him. I hold him in my heart. May his memory be a blessing for you and your family.

    – Jane Weinfeld
  5. On 9/11/16, I participated in the 9/11 Stair Climb at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois. I climbed to the top of the mound 9 times in honor of Dana. There were over 300 people that took part in this event. God Bless Dana for giving his life on that horrible day to help those in need. We will never forget.

    – Amy Truttmann
  6. I. Will be climbing this weekend in his memory. Could not feel more honored I am from Long Beach Long Island, now in Lake Charles La. Never Forget

    – Lea LeJeune
  7. Today, 9/11/17, I participated in the 9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado for Dana. Thank you for sharing his story. I am honored I got to do my first climb for him. Never Forget.

    – Cassidy Williams
  8. I climbed in memory of Dana today at Lambeau Field. As a fellow firefighter it was an honor to do so. He was a hero and his memory lives on, we will never forget. Rest easy Brother, we will take it from here.

    – Katie Joas
  9. I climbed Belmont Park race track with Dana’s Photo attached to me. Afterwards, I looked up what I could find about his life. What an honor to get to know him through this experience. Dana would be just a few years older than me today. It is humbling to realize someone so determined to serve – also sacrificed everything. Knowing his name is a true honor to never forget, thank you Dana.

    Amy Freeze
  10. I will be proud to honor Dana Rey Hannon, my grandson is a fireman with the U S Air Force in Jackson, Ms. and his brother’s middle name is (Rey) after our last name Reynolds. Thanks for your story about Dana and thanks for your time and effort in putting this together. I will participate in our tribute to Dana here in McComb, Ms. at our Fitlife Sportsplex in our exercise class. We salute Dana and all his work as a fireman that puts his life on the line for others. God bless his family and friends.

    – Sue Reynolds
  11. Today I carried your photo 110 flights. I can not begin to express my sorrow for your loved ones and my gratitude for your sacrifice. Thank you for your service, rest easy.

    – Emily Sarver
  12. I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Atlanta yesterday, 9/8/18, and I had the privilege of climbing in Dana’s honor. He sounds like the kind of person I would love to be around. The badge I wore is going up in our station today. We will never forget!

    – Eric Stolze
  13. I was your neighbor for a couple years on Sheldon. Dana and I were in the same class during school, before I moved to NY in 1986. I was so sorry to hear of his loss. I know it’s been 17 years now..but that doesn’t make it any easier. Tonight, I’m praying for all of your family and remembering a sweet soul in Dana.

    – Jami (Nigro) Bartz
  14. My son just walked 110 stories in honor of Dana Rey Hannon. He wore Dana’s photo and badge. When he felt tired and wanted to stop,he looked at his photo and said that is what kept him going. He said “because HE kept going”. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

    – Kimberly Mayhan
  15. Today, 9/8/19, I climbed 110 flights at the Memorial Stair Climb in Richmond, Va in remembrance of Dana. It was an honor to carry your picture every step of the way. As the wife of a career firefighter, I have so much respect for your sacrifice and your family’s sacrifice. May God bless you and your family – always.

    – Lyndsey Noel
  16. I didnt know your family, but I believe your parents bought our starcraft camper – every year I think of your brother and hope his memory of our camper are as meaningful as mine. Comfort and joyful memories to you.

    – amy cavanaugh
  17. I participated in the stair climb at Eastern Kentucky University on 9-11-19 and climbed with Dana’s name. It was an honor.

    – Leah McMaine
  18. Carried Dana’s name up the Auckland Sky Tower yesterday for the Firefighter Memorial Climb alongside hundreds of my felliw firefighters. RIP Mate. Kia Kaha

    – Michael Valentine-Smith
  19. Dana,
    I am a RN here in El Paso, Texas. My boyfriend is a Fireman as well & we climbed in remembrance of the fallen 343. We are here to pay our respects and also to celebrate the amazing life you lived. I had the honor of carrying your badge with your photo on it during my climb. I will keep you and your loved ones in prayer.
    God bless.
    09/14/19

    – Priscilla Fraire
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