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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 47
Year of Death: 2001

John Kevin McAvoy

John K. McAvoy‚ 47‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 3. McAvoy‚ a 24-year veteran with the FDNY‚ was the kind of man who‚ when he saw a burning building‚ would run in to rescue the people and then go back in for their pets. An excellent skater‚ he coached hockey on Staten Island‚ where he lived‚ and was known as an extraordinary cook.

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  1. Today marks 14 years since your heroic efforts. Today in lue of this fallen hero I climbed the cny stair climb at the state office buliding Utica ny in full turnout gear 110 stories. thank you

    – Shawn Jandreau
  2. I just participated in the “Step Up for Heroes” event for our local Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Firefighters Association.

    I was given John’s name to climb in his memory it was an honor to walk on his behalf.
    I am the daughter, niece, cousin and friend of many firefighters across the country.

    Please know John and the others lost on 9/11/01 will not be forgotten.

    – Kacy Sortino
  3. I am honored to be doing the stair walk in Green Bay Wisconsin at Lambeau Field today, and to be representing John as I climb. I am wearing his badge and would love to send pictures if you can give me an email. Blessings to the family.

    – Kathryn Rowen
  4. Today, I did our local memorial stair climb for our 9/11 heroes in Greensboro NC. John was the firefighter I climbed for. Thanks for serving your fellow Americans!

    – Kimberly
  5. I was honored to climb in memory of John today at the 9/11 Memorial stair walk at Lambeau Field today in Green Bay Wisconsin. Blessings to the family. #NeverForgotten

    – Kathryn Rowen
  6. Thursday, September 28, 2017, I visited the 911 Memorial where I found the name of John Kevin McAvoy. I traced his name then later found his picture. Thank you Mr. McAvoy for your sacrifice for our great country. The McAvoy family will forever be in my prayers by name.

    – Suellen Furlow
  7. Today I carried your photo 110 flights. No words can express my sorrow for your loved ones and my gratitude for your sacrifice. Thank you for your service, rest easy.

    – Emily Sarver
  8. 9/11/18. Today I climbed the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor John Kevin McAvoy.
    John’s bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
    I was humbled and proud to wear his name and will strive to live up to it everyday I go on duty.
    God bless.

    – T J Bopp
  9. I was really honored to climb for John Kevin Mcavoy. I climbed 110 stories for this brave hero. Thank you for your sacrifice for our country. #NeverForgotten

    – Jaxon Grauel
  10. On 9/7/19 I had the honor to climb 110 stories in memory of you in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for your country and community. I wasn’t alive yet when you passed, yet you and everyone else that lost their lives that day have made me push harder to be a volunteer firefighter. You selflessly gave your life to help people you didn’t know and I hope someday I am like you. Rest Easy.
    I was proud to wear the badge with your name and will try my best to be like you and all of the other men and women that came before me and made the same sacrifice.

    – Jada Rochwite
  11. Today I climbed in the Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in your memory. Anyone reading this please know that John McAvoy’s sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    – Kyle Hampton
  12. Héroes que jamás se olvidaran… jamás!

    – Saidy rojas
  13. Today I was honored to climb 110 flights in memory of John McAvoy during the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. His life and service will never be forgotten.

    – Meg Pellegrom
  14. Today I was honored to climb 110 flights in memory of John K. McAvoy during the Tri-Cities 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. His life and service will never be forgotten.

    – Meg Pellegrom
  15. This Saturday 9/11/21 marks the 20th year of your passing on that fateful day. You will never be forgotten sir. I will carry your name with me as I climb in New Zealand to honour you and the 342 others that fell. Unfortunately due to the pandemic that we face at the moment, the climb will be here in my home town of Gisborne, up Kaiti Hill, rather than the talest structure in the Southern hemisphere, as was planned, it will still be done in full turnout gear. We will remember them.

    – Robin Sneddon
  16. Today I rode wth nearly 1100 other motorcyclists from Woodstock,IL to Oak Brook, IL. Each of us wore a lanyard with the name, and position of service, of an individual who was lost on 9/11. I rode for John. Once in Oak Brook, we were at the memorial, and each individual lost had a flag. I found John’s flag, and attached was his information. God bless you John.

    – Michael Gartner
  17. I did my first stair climb this year with the great community in Imperial, California. We miss you dearly. Thank you everyone for your kindness. If anyone has pictures they would like to send to my family please feel free to send them to me at [email protected]. Much Love

    – Kate McAVoy
  18. Today marks 21 years since the loss of this very special man. I walked in memory of him at Lambeau Field, Green Bay stair climb. I will forever be grateful for this man and will never forget. I was honored to walk for you John.

  19. 09/09/23
    It was my honor to climb this morning in Salina KS and pray for those John left behind. Our world needs more every day heroes like John.

    God bless

    – Robert Koch
  20. Today, September 16, 2023, I am honored to carry your name on a lanyard as I climb 110 stories at the M&T Stadium in Baltimore City, Maryland in honor of you and the other fallen heros. We will never forget. May God bless you and your family. Thank you!

    – Brandon Cooper