Roll of Honor

David  Halderman

David Halderman

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 40
  • Year of Death: 2001

David Halderman was a handsome‚ quiet‚ kind and gentle man. He had two brother and two sisters. David was the youngest of the brothers. He wasn’t married and had just celebrated his 40th birthday on August 2‚ 2001.

He joined the fire department in June of 1992‚ following in the footsteps of his father who retired after 30 years and his brother Michael who was recently promoted to Battalion Chief. At the time of his death he was on the list to be promoted to Lieutenant. He was promoted posthumously. He loved the job and in 1999 he transferred to Squad 18 in Manhattan to be in a busier house and more involved in rescue work. His happiest moment on the job was when he delivered a baby.

He was interested in history and read many books on the subject. He was very active in his twelve-step program and touched many lives in that fellowship and he is sorely missed there.

David was on vacation for most of the month of August 2001. At that time his father was ill in Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and he spent much of that time visiting him and driving me and his sisters into the city to the hospital. His father died on August 8‚ 2001‚ one month before David.

According to a firefighter who was in the north tower on 9/11‚ David and another man from Squad 18 were on their way out of the building when on the 18th floor they responded to a May Day from another company and returned to the upper floors. They never made it out of the building.

He is truly an American Hero and would be slightly embarrassed at any attention given to his heroism as he mostly preferred to be out of the limelight.

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Memorial Wall

  1. To the family of David Halderma, my name is Rodney Taylor and I am the district chief for the volunteer fire department in San Juan County’s District 7 in Aztec New Mexico. This past weekend 9/9/17, I had the honor of walking in the memory of your loved one in the state of New Mexico’s first ever 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. I have been a volunteer fireman for 35 years and it has been a true honor to be in the brotherhood with your loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice! My thoughts and prayers are always with you and know that we will Never Forget the bravery of David and his fellow 343.

    – R. Taylor
  2. Well see you soon uncle.

    – Marcus Halderman
  3. Enjoyed the time we worked together in the electronic industry. Then you followed your dads footsteps and joined the NYPD. Ironically, I did the same, but as a volunteer EMT with the Rocky Point Fire Dept. Tomorrow will be 17 yrs. since you gave your life to save others. God bless you David, may you rest with the angels.??

    – Vicki Grimshaw
  4. To the family,
    My name is Joshua David Wunner, and I am an Engineer/EMT with the City of Lawrenceburg Fire Dept, TN. I have been in the fire service for 8 years, 5 years with LFD. This past weekend 9/9/18, I had the honor of participating in the memorial stairclimb in Nashville, TN in honor of David. It was a privilege to be able to honor him. The 343 will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    – J. Wunner
  5. To the family of David Halderman: my name is Jamesa Black. I am climbing the stairs of Lambeau Field for the 9/11 Memorial Stair climb in honor of him and his ultimate sacrifice. He will never be forgotten.

    – Jamesa Black
  6. To the family of David Halderman, today I finished the 110 flights of stairs for the 9/11 stair climb in Green Bay WI. You, and the rest of the 343 firefighters will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service!

    – Alyssia
  7. To the family of David Halderman,
    I was 18 years old when 9/11 happened. I remember it like it was yesterday. Sorry for y’all’s loss. Whole reason I went to Iraq. I saw his helmet in the museum, very sad.

    – Kevin Williams
  8. To the family of David Halderman –

    Today marks 18 years ago that David emulated true heroism with his involvement in the 9/11 attack. After reading his story I now know who he was and what he stood for. I am an employee at Pierce Manufacturing and every day we build the finest fire apparatus to keep our nation’s firefighters safe. Today I wear a badge with David’s name and picture on it in remembrance of the great commitment he made. Throughout my workday I will be dedicating it in honor of you, David.

    – Jeff Seidner
  9. To the family of David Halderman…I was on duty that day, watching in awe, and then horror, as the day unfolded. Shortly after 9/11, I ordered a memorial bracelet, as many if us did. When I received it, I looked up all that I could on your David. I am humbled to be in the same profession as David was. Today, as with every year since, and every year forward, I proudly and humbly wear a Squad 18 shirt, whether on duty or off, in memory of your loved one.

    David Williams
    New Hanover County NC

    – David Williams
  10. To the family of David Halderman, today I checked him into the accountability board after climbing in his memory. It was an honor. He is remembered, and none of us in the fire service will forget.

    – John Loflin