National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 36
Year of Death: 2001

David G. Arce

David G. Arce‚ 36‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 33. Arce had ended his shift on September 11th but responded with his best friend from childhood and fellow firefighter Michael Boyle. They died together and their families held a joint funeral. Arce was nicknamed Buddha because of his strong belief that his purpose in life was to aid and to serve. David grew up playing with fire trucks and the desire never went away.

Memorial Posts


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  1. Did a stairclimb in your honor and remembrance. David G Arce is a name that will now stay with me forever. Rest Well brother.

    – FF/EMR Kevin R Lynch
  2. I did a stairclimb in your Honor Sir ! RIP Brother you will never be forgotten !

    – David Zeeks
  3. I honored you in a stair climb. Thanks for your service

    – Jim Carter
  4. Just discovered today of fireman Arce’s passing. Don’t know whether or not we are related somehow since Arce is a extremely rare last name. I too was a fire fighters in 2003-2004, as a public safety officer in SC.

    – Efrain Arce Feliciano
  5. I climbed in the Climb to Remember, Lynchburg VA in your honor

  6. I climbed today for your honor in Columbia MO. May 5 2018

    – Krista K
  7. Climbed in you honor in Clayton Mo. 9/9/18 rest easy brother!

    – Michael Wittu
  8. Climbed in your honor in Clayton Mo. 9/9/18 rest easy brother.

    – Michael Wittu
  9. Did a stair climb in Green Bay Wi in your honor today! Thank you for your service and RIP.

    – Ashley Winnemuller
  10. I was privileged to climb the stairs at Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI on Sept 22 in honor of David. You will never be forgotten.

    – John DeClerc
  11. Couldn’t be more honored to have climbed for this man. A true hero. You will never be forgotten.

    – Jack Laden
  12. I will be climbing in your honor tomorrow at the Charlotte NC Memorial StairClimb. Thank you Sir for your ultimate sacrifice . Never Forget.

    – Sheila Sciascia
  13. You were next to My Friend FIRE FIGHTER STEVE MERCADO . We are related by name alone but as A First Responder that Horrible Day and many more after that , We Are Brothers FOREVER !

    – Frank Arce
  14. I climbed in your honor yesterday, brother. I’m sure there is much more to you than the 5 sentences listed. What I read makes me feel honored to climb for a dedicated firefighter, brother, and friend. Thank you.

  15. David you will always be remembered as a Hero! Brave and kind. Thank you for all that you did. You have touched my heart in so many ways through all these years. You are always in my prayers. Your long lost relative!

    – David W. Arce
  16. Thank you to all the brave men snd women who sacrificed their lives trying to save others on that most terrible day. Words cannot express the heartbreak the families have and still are experiencing. Words also cannot express the gratitude ordinary Americans like me have for their willingness to sacrifice everything. So I will simply say a heartfelt Thank you, and May God be with you.

    – Judy Cureton
  17. My brother and his family “adopted” your family to support them after they lost you on 9/11. I did a stair climb in San Diego a few years back in your honor. I’m watching a show about 9/11 right now. I said a prayer for your family and friends! I’ll never forget your name!

    – Kristi Robinson
  18. I am 6 years old. I ran 2.5 miles at 6:00am before school in honor of you. I ran in a memorial run at Fort Stewart, Ga on 9/11/2021

    – Isaiah Bowman
  19. 20 years and we still remember. Your bravery is an inspiration to us all. You are a hero in every sense and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your courageous and selfless actions, we will never forget.

    – Maria Greco
  20. I proudly wore your name card in the Tower to Tunnel race in Mobile, AL. 2021.

    – Kathleen Crenshaw
  21. Buddha! I will be doing a stairclimb in your honor this Saturday September 10, 2022. You will be my 10th honoree. Thank you for your brave sacrifice and I have great sorrow for the Arce and Boyle families losses. Men like yours are what America is all about. Me and my family will Never Forget!

    – randy conway
  22. Climbed today in Redlands CA in memory of you and your service.

    – Sebi Flores
  23. I ran the tunnel 2 towers 5k this morning in the pouring s rd sun and 45 degrees with my 12 year old grandson.
    The race was in Greenville South Carolina

    Not my fastest time and my grandson had to walk a few times. But, all along the way we had opportunities to talk about 9/11, you and the firefighters running in full gear in front of us.

    This was my 2nd year running this race. Even with the cold and rain, it remains my favorite race.

    Never forgotten

    – Tabbetha Richardson
  24. It was an honor to climb in your remembrance at the Tri-Cities 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Bristol, TN. Your courage, strength, and selfless sacrifice will not be forgotten. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    – Susan Rogers
  25. RIP David. I had the honor of carrying a badge of David this past weekend during the local 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Omaha.

    – Shannon Hansen
  26. I didn’t know him, but I knew his mom pretty well. Her little dog Samantha was my chemo patient for lymphoma back in 2002. Mrs. Arce lost her husband, son and sons best friend at 9-11 in the towers, all firefighters. A big article in the Daily News came out about her son pictured here, about charity work he did with no recognition and a full page article about him. I framed it for her and gave it to her. She and I kept in touch via letters in the mail after I moved to Virginia, until her little Samantha passed away, then it was too sad for her which I understood. 20+ years ago and I remember like it was yesterday

    – Samantha Rowland Carper
  27. I had the incredible privilege and honor to climb in David’s name this morning in Springfield, Missouri. Your selfless sense of duty and dedication to others was on full display on 9/11 just like it was on any other day. I will never forget you and am overwhelmed by the humbling experience this morning. Rest safely now.

    – Ken Dawson