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Battalion Chief
Age: 60
Year of Death: 2001

Dennis A. Cross

Dennis A. Cross‚ 60‚ battalion chief‚ FDNY‚ Battalion 57. He joined the FDNY in 1963 after a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam‚ where he served in an Army communications unit. Cross served on a Commissioner’s committee to draft new firefighting regulations and trained upcoming chiefs in a mentoring program.

Known as Captain Fearless‚ he followed in the footsteps of his father who was a New York firefighter‚ as is Cross’s son. Cross was devoted to his wife‚ three daughters‚ and three grandchildren.

He had a saying that he loved. ‘Take care of men‚ and men will take care of you.’

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  2. Saturday I participated in a 9/11 memorial climb in Green Bay Wisconsin. Upon registration I received the name tag of the fallen firefighter I would honor during the climb. To the family of Dennis A. Cross, I was honored to say your loved ones name as I rang the bell of remembrance. Please know it was a day I will never forget. My heart is heavy. Bless you all.

    – Stina bretl
  3. In the weeks following September 11th I received a bracelet engraved with BATT. CMDR. DENNIS CROSS FDNY. Since then every September 1st I put this bracelet on every morning and wear it for the month. And every morning as I put it on I pray for the family of DENNIS CROSS and all our current hero’s serving throughout the world. You are not forgotten.

    – Janet Colonna
  4. Saturday September 10, 2016 I wore the name badge of Battalion Chief Dennis A. Cross. It was an amazing honor to climb the steps of Lambeau Field in his remembrance especially to “ring the bell” in his honor and speak his name. May God continue to bless his family and that we may never forget his sacrifice.

    – Brian Lee
  5. I received a painted rock today with your name on it. It came from a Firefighter 9/11 Memorial in Murfreesboro TN. I am a runner. I am currently in training for a marathon. I carried your rock on my 9miles. I will continue to carry it all week. When my legs get tired on my 14mile run I will pull from your strength and courage. Thank you for your sacrifice. Never forgotten.

    – lori smith
  6. I participated in the 9/11 Memorial stair climb in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 16, 2017. I climbed in honor and memory of Chief Dennis A. Cross. This was my first event and a very emotional one for me. I am now looking forward to the stair climb every year and will carry the badge I received today with me on every stair climb. Rest in peace Chief Dennis A. Cross.

    – Scott Buettner
  7. My 13 yr old son proudly wore Chief Dennis Cross’s nameas we did the Stadium Climb today in Cumming, Ga. Thank you for your sacrifice! #neverforgotten

    – Regina Vivanco
  8. Today, September 11, 2018, I completed the Tucson, AZ 9/11 Tower Challenge, along with my partner, fallen hero Chief Dennis A. Cross. As I felt tired, hot, and depleted of energy, I looked down at my wristband with “Chief Dennis Cross, FDNY” written on it. I thought of him feeling tired, hot, and depleted of energy. But with the knowledge that his life was in danger. That people were dying. That he answered the call to help without a second thought. Thank you, Chief Cross. You are remembered.

    – Kelley George
  9. Every day I wear a metal bracelet on my wrist with BC Dennis Cross printed on it. I wear it proudly on the job as a career firefighter. Thank you for your service and dedication not only to the City of New York, but to the Brotherhood. Lest we forget, The Monroe Six will forever be remembered.

    – Kyler Dille
  10. While on vacation in NYC several years ago I visited Ground Zero with my wife and daughter. While standing at the memorial we wondered if anyone with our name ‘Cross’ had died in the attacks. We looked on-line and found Dennis’ name. When I looked down his name was on the Panel right in front of me. All those names around both reflecting pools and he was right there. I always think of him on this day. RIP brother Dennis Cross.

    – Kevin Cross
  11. I served in Vietnam with Dennis Cross, we are in the same barracks and I remember conversations about his plan to return to his home in NYC and become a part of FDNY as his forefathers. I remember him as a honorable and gentle soul and proud to call him a friend.

    – Harlan Olson
  12. I’m participating in the NFFF Memorial Stair climb. I received my packet today. My participation is in honor of Battalion 57 Captain Dennis Cross. I am proud and humbled to represent Captain Fearless in my participation.

  13. 9/11/2021 Earlier this morning I participated in the 9/11 Tower Challenge in Tucson, AZ. I was honored to be given Mr. Dennis Cross as my Fallen First Responder. Seeing the many other fallen heroes along with Dennis during the challenge made it that much more special and I give many thanks to Dennis and his many years of service to this country. Thank you Dennis and the Cross family.

    – Nick Fuentes
  14. It was my privilege & honor Cheif to take time in honoring your sacrifice on this day 2021 9 11 , I climbed 110 stairs on a stairmaster competition under 14 minutes. God bless & may you all rest in peace.
    Retired Army Vet
    Robbie Ysalde

  15. Was humbled to have “climbed” for you today at the 9/11 Stairclimb in Green Bay, WI. Your name was extra special to me as one of my good friend’s last name was Cross. I wonder if you were related? Anyway, I prayed for you as I participated in the Stairclimb this year. May God rest your soul and keep you safe in Heaven. 🙏❤️

    – Ginger Gillis
  16. So many men were lucky enough to call you Dennis, Lieutenant,Captain and Battalion Chief but the best name was friend… rest in peace in that big firehouse in the sky…it was an honor to learn from from you and to go to so many fires with you . Captain FEARLESS will live on by all who knew you.

    – Brian Gillen
  17. Chief Cross was devoted to his son as well you has followed in his footsteps as well as his grandfather. You now have nine grandsons & one granddaughter and 12 great nieces & nephews. Our Uncle Our Hero we love you and miss you. Forever in our hearts.

    – Barbara Cross Brucculeri
  18. I had the honor of participating in the 2nd Annual Marietta Fire 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this past Saturday in Marietta, GA. The event was to honor and remember the heroes that selflessly gave the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. On my badge was Battalion Chief Dennis Cross and I climbed in remembrance of him and his family. It was an honor and privilege. We will never forget the heroes of that day and I will always remember Battalion Chief Cross.

    – John Haney