Firefighter Daniel R. Foley was destined to work in Rescue 3. He was born on May 14, 1973, to the late Thomas and Patricia Parchen Foley and grew up in West Nyack, New York. Danny always wanted to be a firefighter and was a volunteer with West Nyack.
He loved playing football for Clarkstown South, Iona College and FDNY. He loved country music, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. He lived his life to the fullest. He was a teacher and coach while he waited to get on the fire department.
That call came in February of 1999. Danny’s goals and dreams were fulfilled, and he was able to work with his brother for the FDNY. They also played football together on the FDNY football team.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Danny’s brother, Tommy, climbed aboard Rescue 3’s apparatus. Firefighter Tommy Foley died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center while serving his city and nation. He stood for everything that is good in this world, and FF Danny Foley was determined to follow in his brother’s footsteps as a firefighter at Rescue 3.
Danny moved from Engine 68/Ladder 49 to Rescue 3 after 9/11 and spent the remainder of his career there. Danny was cited eleven times in his career for his lifesaving bravery, his last rescue happening on his last tour at Rescue 3.
Tragically, after a yearlong battle with World Trade Center-related pancreatic cancer, Danny died on February 22,2020. He left behind his wife, Carrie; five children, Erin, Kiera, Brianne, Kendall, and TJ; his sister, Joanne; nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
He will always be remembered for his spirit, bravery, demand for excellence, and smile.