National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 33
Year of Death: 2001

John J. Florio

John J. Florio‚ 33‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 214. He attended Nassau Community College for a few years before joining the FDNY. An athletic person‚ Florio pumped iron and he played halfback on the FDNY football team. A father of two‚ he also coached his son’s Little League team and his football team. A huge fan of the band Metallica‚ Florio corresponded with the group’s lead singer‚ James Hetfield. An emotional letter from the rocker was read at Florio’s funeral.

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  1. Today I completed the 9/11 memorial stair climb for the second year. This year I had the honor and provilage to carry Firefighter John Florio 110 flights in Green Bay, WI. He will be remember and honored for his sacrifice. Never forget.

    – Jacob DeClerc
  2. I had the honor of carrying your photo on the 15th anniversary Gettysburg 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. It is so wonderful to read a few words about you here. I am glad I had a chance to ring the fire bell and call out your name today. Rest in peace, sir.

    – Joy
  3. i had the honour of having john j florio along for the melbourne firefighter stair climb 2016. im a voluteer cfa firefighter in country victoria australia

    – Daniel wills
  4. I proudly carried Firefighter John Florio’s picture on my helmet at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at FDIC in Indianapolis in 2017. The bell was rung in his honor. Never forget.

    – Hilary

    – Hilary Young
  5. I had the honor of carrying Firefighter John Florio’s picture while running the 9/11 memorial run in Morrisville, NC. Thank you for your sacrifice, we will never forget. Rest peacefully.

    – rachael seward
  6. 9/11/2017–Yesterday, i walked in the memorial Firemans walk, In Lancaster PA.
    John Was the fireman i choose to honor.
    Thank you for your service, your sacrifice and you walk with me for the rest of my life.

    – Tammy Luckenbaugh
  7. I had the honor of carrying firefighter John Florio’s picture ID as I ran the 10k at the Kronenwetter Run for the Fallen in Wisconsin on Sept 9th, 2017. It was beautiful day with blue skies and I was tearful that John had made the ultimate sacrifice so that other people could live to see another day. May your soul be forever in peace because of what you did for your fellow human beings on this date 16 years ago.

    – Swati Biswas
  8. John, I took you along with me on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower 5k in Cape Girardeau, Mo today. It was a good run. Thank you for the honor of thinking about you and praying for your family. Rest in peace brother!

    – John Ryan
  9. I completed the Tri-Cities Memorial Stair Climb in Kingsport, TN today in your memory. I teared up as I rang the bell and said your name into the microphone. You are never forgotten.

    – Missy
  10. On Saturday I completed the Melbourne Firefighter stair climb in Melbourne Australia. I had the privilege of carrying John Florios picture ID up 28 flights of step with me on the day. John was the firefighter on my climber tag.

    – Thomas Greaney
  11. I had the privilege to climb the Panama City Beach Florida 9/11 memorial climb on 9/7/19, in honor of John J Florio. This is my 30th and final year in the fire service and was proud to do this in remembrance of John. God rest your soul and praying for your family. 343 never forget.
    -Jason Weidlich, PFD

    – Jason Weidlich
  12. John’s parents are my neighbors and every day I walk my dog past the memorial bench for John and pray for the family and thank John for his bravery and sacrifice. We will never forget!

    – Suzanne Foster
  13. John I cant help but think of you every year on 9/11. 20 years later the pain from that day is still in my soul. Thank you for the sacrifice you made so you and your crew could help rescue other people. You will never be forgotten. Even the street you grew up on is named in your honor.

    I had the honor of John (and his friends) being my softball coach while I was in high school. He was such a great coach. Always fair.
    Always in our Hearts and Minds John. Never Forgotten

    – Nicole Testa-Mara
  14. We will never forget the supreme sacrifice made by firefighters on 9/11. It is 20 years now, but still so fresh in our minds. John, you will live forever in the hearts and minds of all those who value freedom.

    – Irene Rosenberg
  15. Worked out at gym in Queens off Myrtle Ave where John worked out.He always nodded hello when I saw him-A quiet and reserved guy John was.God bless and god speed

    – Alan Pawelsky
  16. I had the honor of carrying FDNY Firefighter John Florio during the “Tunnel to Towers” 5K Run/Walk in Ripley, WV on April 9, 2022. As a career Paramedic, I felt proud to honor this fellow brother that “gave all” for others to live.

    – Steve Nuckles
  17. My uncle. I went on the site and see he used to go to the gym. I never knew that, I wasn’t born until the year after in 2002 but now 20 years old, I go to the gym all the time. Wish I was able to meet him, he is family. I never met you but I still love you.

    – Noah
  18. I am proud to say that I had the honor of carrying John’s photo 110 flights at the 9/11 memorial stair climb in Castle Rock, CO. His dedication to protect the people of NYC is immensely appreciated.

    – John La Sala