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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 53
Year of Death: 2001

Gerard J. Duffy

Gerard J. Duffy‚ 53‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 21. He is survived by two brothers‚ Thomas and Robert.

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  1. Dear Gerard and family….
    I touched your name today at the 9/11 museum. You are our real superhero. My third graders in Kansas know of your sacrifice and importance to so many. You are the one I talk about and I never knew you personally. You are the one I have a connection with and I never had a conversation with you. I know you were the fun uncle and liked sports. I am only a teacher, but you will be rememembered by many when I tell your story.
    Love, Margy Hogarty
    Salina, Kansas

    – Margy Hogarty
  2. Dear Gerard,
    I carried you with me today as I climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at Lambeau Field. One day before the 15th anniversary of the attacks. I want you to know your sacrifice will not be forgotten, and as our nation wept in the face of tragedy, it was men like you that ensured those tears were not shed in vain. God bless the U.S.A.

    – Ryan Rinehart
  3. God bless, I proudly walked for Gerrard yesterday at the 9/11 memorial stairclimb/walk at National Harbor Maryland just outside of Washington D.C.

    – Karen Coakley
  4. Today I had the opportunity to do a stair climb in honor of this hero. I carried a tag with me of him as I climbed the 110 stories. I’m a fire fighter in Dekalb County, Georgia.

    Memory Stair Climb 9/10/2016

    May God Bless the Heros

    – Kevin Fleming
  5. Last year I was able to climb in honor and memory of the hero Gerard Duffy at Red Rocks, CO. I carried a badge with his picture and information as to never forget what he and his fellow fire fighters did for our county on 9/11/2001. We will never forget.

    – Dee Wittmer
  6. Gerard. I carried your name with me in Phoenix today. 9/11/2018. Thank you for all you did. I’m no small man. And every step was stressful. But knowing you did this feat at 53 years Old meant the world to me and kept me going. 110 stories. 2071 steps. I was absolutely exhausted at the end. Thank You.

    – Conrad Schulte
  7. Tomorrow I climb at Lambeau Field, 110 stories in memory of Gerard Duffy, a true American hero. We will never forget. God Bless the U.S.A.

    – Stacie Glass
  8. I had the privilege of carrying Gerard Duffy’s badge at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb today on 9/11/19 at Red Rocks in Colorado. It led me to this page. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I feel honored to help carry on the legacy of remembering him and all that he gave to our country. This is the first stair climb I have done. I will continue to wear this badge in future climbs. God bless.

    – Lara McClendon
  9. Gerard and I dated when I lived in Woodside, Queens. I just found out that he died on 9/11/01 in the line of duty. I am so proud to know that he gave his life to save others. He was a kind and caring man. Bobby, if you remember me, please email.

    – Dianne L (Deeken) Gibson
  10. Thank you for all you did for me and your friendship. I think of you often. We’ve talked of your retirement, you should have done it before 9/11/01.
    You loved your job. You were a good friend who is missed so much. RIP my friend forever

    – Deborah Zaun
  11. Dear Gerard and family…
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I want you to know that I am doing a project in memory of him. I want you to know that he was the best person I ever got for a school project and that all my wishes are with you and your wellbeing.

    Peyton Rich
  12. Saturday 9-11, we went to a complete memorial for all the 9-11 victims, it is located in Southern California, Fullerton, and done since day one and every year by a retired fire fighter Scott Townley. His dedication is amazing. We returned Sunday to help remove the memorial which has crosses planted for every firefighter and 1st responded that lost their lives that day. It is something to see, his entire front yard is full and he is on a corner lot. Wish I could post pictures for you to see. When taking up the crosses, which I will admit I was trying not to read the name because it is very emotional, I saw the cross for Gerald Duffy, 53 Ladder 21. Something told me to reach out and let you all know that these people are not forgotten and every year people can see Gerald’s name on that cross. I hope I can share pictures of the yard with you. God Bless you all and GOD Bless this awesome country. Paul M

    Paul S Maddams
  13. Today Gerard I stood with my family and touched your name at the memorial 9/11 garden. I didn’t know you or your story but I thanked God for your service and sacrifice. I wanted my sons who hadn’t even been born in 2001 to understand the magnitude of what you faced that day together with your colleagues
    Greater love hath no one than to lay down their life for their friends. John 15:13

    – Julie Rankin
  14. You saved my life from drugs. I think God is happy because you are next to him. Thank you for touching my life. Please tell God to help me with my friend she’s on drugs. You left too soon but your kindness is still here. 34 21 legacy is still here 😞😞😞😞😞

    – Jose Palacio