National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 43
Year of Death: 2001

James Amato

James Amato‚ 43‚ captain‚ FDNY‚ Squad 1. The Ronkonkoma resident loved to spend time with his wife and four children„Sean‚ Tara‚ Katherine‚ and Ashley„and to take vacations with his brother‚ Lee‚ a firefighter in Florida. He had been a college wrestler and loved to be in the middle of the action.

Memorial Posts


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  1. Today I climbed 110 stories in your honor. Rest east brother.

    – Peter Chimera
  2. Today I climbed in honor of Captain Amato as part of the CNY Stair Climb in Utica, NY


    – Jason Haas
  3. Today I climbed 110 stories in your honor at the Pierce Stair Climb at Lambeau Field, 2016

    – Tara Jensen
  4. Saturday I climbed 110 stories in Your
    horror for Captain James Amato at the New Orleans Stair Climb on 9/09/17.

    – Joe Willhoft
  5. Today I climbed 110 stories in your honor Captain Amato. Nebraska Stair Climb in Papillon, NE. 9/7/19

    – Carrie Wagner
  6. I knew him as Jimmy long before he became a firefighter and before he was married. I remember the young man who had a crush on my friend. He was a gentleman. He was faithful to his beliefs and was just a wonderful good person in every way you could be good! I was living in another state watching as each of the two towers were hit just knowing there was so much death. I knew that there would be people I knew and loved who lost their lives because so many lived on Long Island and worked in the city. As the days that followed I learned of at least 13 people who were either people I knew well or my family did. When I heard each one I cried and when I heard about Jimmy my heart broke. That was enough and I knew there was so many broken hearts. They all deserved to live and watch their children grow up and their families to have them alive! No one knows what tomorrow will bring “Unforseen occurrences” happen to us all. Jimmy knew this and I know he had faith and hope to live again in paradise. That is what comforts many who knew him that grew up with him and most certainly his family. He deserves to be remembered and honored for his bravery, his faithfulness to his wife and children, his faith, and the untold people who whom he saved. I know that day he was doing just what he did everyday knowing the risk but to him saving lives was worth the risk. He was truly selfless and the very same handsome young man who had a crush on my friend.

    – Linda Esteves
  7. Yesterday I climbed 110 stories in your honor in Charlotte NC.

    – Leslie A Grant
  8. I climbed in your memory tonight (9/9/21) at the Lexington, KY LFD 9/11 Memorial Climb. Rest easy, Captain Amato.

    – Danielle Eilerman
  9. Tomorrow I will be walking in your honor, Kronenwetter, WI

    – Rita Robl
  10. I only got to to know your girls when mom moved across the street from Jenni and me at 109 Sunset Drive Tinton Falls, NJ. Your dad would be so proud of you guys and his grandchildren. I guess me being a Retired NYPD and a Disabled Vietnam Veteran, I had a special connection to all of you. Thanks for welcoming me into your lives. Paul

    – Paul Sagnelli
  11. Walked in your honor and climbed 343 stairs for fallen NYFD firefighters on the 20th anniversary of 9-11. RIP. “We will never forget”

    – Rick Brancao
  12. Today I climbed 110 stories in your honor Captain Amato in Princeton Wv 9-11-21

    – Craig Flanigan
  13. Today I climbed 110 stories in your honor in Dayton, OH. Rest In Peace. 9/11/21

    – Wendy Dereix
  14. I love you Jim and miss you. You were such a special person to me. I’m sorry we had lost touch before that tragic day. I have such great memories of you and the love you showed Darlene and I. Can’t wait to see you again in Paradise.
    Mark Hall

    – Mark Hall
  15. Thank you for being so brave. Your actions were courageous and selfless. You are a hero in every sense and will never be forgotten.

    – Maria Greco
  16. Thank you for your sacrifice. Never forgotten.

    – Marilyn Mann
  17. 110 stories climbed in honor of you Cpt Amato. You are not forgotten ❤️

    – Sandra Wenzel
  18. You went to the same Kingdom Hall as my mom.. I was a little girl when I had met you and your family with mom. My mom adored you and your wife. I remember when she told me that you were in the tower. She was crushed. She died the following year. Thank you for your bravery.

  19. This year, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I received a badge with James Amato’s name and picture to wear as I ran the Tunnels to Towers 5k in Northern Kentucky. I will be traveling to NYC to participate in this event there, and will visit the site to pay my respects to you and your fellow heroes in person.

    – Michael Fairbairn
  20. I am a firefighter in Maryland and I also have the same beliefs as Captain James did. I can’t wait to meet you in paradise, my brother, my brother… Acts 24:15

    – Kenny Wilson
  21. Today I climbed for Captain James Amato. Thank you for your sacrifice. All these steps are for you and your loved ones. -Ashley Sellers San Diego,CA

    – Ashley
  22. Today I climbed 110 flights in honor of those who lost there lives that day! I wore James Amato’s badge while doing so thank you for your sacrifice brother.

    – Trip parker
  23. Today I climber 110 stories in your honor during the Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, MO. Rest easy, Captain Amato.

    Lieutenant, Farmington Fire Dept – MO

    – Adam Schenavar
  24. On Saturday, September 10th 2022 I climbed in honor of Captain Amato as part of the NFFF Stair Climb in Baltimore, MD. Rest easy and may your family find comfort knowing you were one of many heroes lost that day.

    – Robert Couchenour
  25. Thank you dear brother for your service. We’ll see each other again in paradise and I’m looking forward to getting to know you personally. You’re the reason I’ll join the fire department too. I feel connected to your Guard Squad 1 where we live our faith not only in word but also in deed. In deep solidarity your brother Matthias Grosche and colleague from Germany.

    – Grosche Matthias
  26. This morning I climbed 110 stories in honor of Captain Amato in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thank you for your service, sir!

    – Sarah Short Sholly
  27. I climbed stairs today in your honor, sir.

    – Dave Crutchfield
  28. Thank you for your sacrifice. Never forgotten. Now almost 22 years from now.

    – Billy Tang
  29. Its a sobering feeling being here at the National Fire Academy and getting to read the comments on his page. I was a volunteer firefighter on 9/11 and even though I live on the other side of the country, I remember thinking that firefighters were lost as the towers fell. I remember thinking that maybe some of our brothers and sisters could have been lost as well. When the Watchtower article came out I learned that he had been lost as well. I will look forward to meeting him in paradise and I hope his family knows how much he was respected as a firefighter, father and a brother. Until that day comes…

    – Eric Ensign