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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 43
Year of Death: 2001

Joseph R. Rivelli Jr.

Joseph R. Rivelli‚ Jr.‚ 43‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 25. As a child‚ Rivelli would make neighborhood kids pretend there was a fire‚ just so he could come to the rescue and put it out. As an adult‚ he realized his childhood dream‚ saving lives and extinguishing blazes with the FDNY. He had many interests outside the firehouse – building computers‚ training to be a pilot‚ and‚ most importantly‚ being a loving husband and a caring father to his two stepchildren.

Memorial Posts


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  1. The memory of your sacrifice was honored at the Kansas City 9/11 memorial stair climb. I climbed 110 stairs with a picture of you. Thank you sir. It was an honor for me to climb for you. We will never forget!
    TSgt Maria Stivers, 164 Tennessee Air National Guard Memphis Fire Department.

    – Maria Stivers
  2. Looking forward to climbing for Michael this Saturday, September 10th in San Diego. He is a true hero and I am honored to be assigned his name. -BostonJay

    Jason Mitchell
  3. The memory of your heroism was honored today at the 9/11 Green Bay, WI stair climb. It was a very emotional day reliving this day. I can’t thank you enough for your ultimate sacrifice. It was an honor to climb the stairs in your memory today. We will never forget!

    – Jenelle M Vargas
  4. I climbed 110 stories today wearing your picture/name badge Mr. Joseph Rivelli Jr at the HSHS St. Anthony Memorial Hospital 9/11 memorial remembrance gathering. It was a very humbling experience. I am so sorry for the loss your family experienced. I was honored to climb in your memory today.

    – Michelle Barns
  5. Today I am representing you & your sacrifice with the 9/11 memorial climb in San Antonio, TX. Thank you for your service & We got it from here. I’ll make sure you reach the top. RIP.

    – John Fisher
  6. I was honored this year to climb 110 stories in your memory this year in Clayton Mo.

    – Jon miller
  7. Today I did my first ever 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and I was honored to carry Joseph R. Rivelli Jr’s photo with me for my climb. It was a very emotional and humbling experience. Thank you sir, for making the ultimate sacrifice trying to save so many.

    – Tracy Long
  8. 1,980 stairs this evening (9-11-19) wearing a wristband with your name on it. Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice.

    – John Dvorscak
  9. I climbed in your honor (on 9/11/20 along with 807 students virtually and 30 + teachers) in our gym during PE classes on a stair stepper. I wore your picture badge proudly every step of the way, said your name multiple times throughout the climb, and rang the bell when I completed the climb for you. It was an absolute privilege to honor you today and I thank you for your sacrifice. I WILL NEVER FORGET!

    – Brandy Chappell
  10. Soldiers of steel squadron in the third cavalry regiment at fort Hood did a remembrance PT sessions for the heroes that lost their lives on September 11th 2001. While I participated I wore your name across my chest. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    – Kyle Pierson
  11. Walking in your memory in Lambeau Field Green Bay Wi on 9/11 was one of the most important things i’ve ever done. It was a very emotional time. Thoughts and prayers to your family on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice

    – Jake Miller
  12. Our best times in West Babylon (other than the birth of two of our 4 children) was having you as our neighbor. I fondly remember having a few beers at Cheyy’s and playing pool when you came to my house and asked my wife if I could come out to play! Rest in peace and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your too short life.

    – Kevin Micucci
  13. Today I climbed 110 flights with your picture and name on a badge around my neck. It was a true honor. You left this world as a hero. I am sending love and prayers to your family and loved ones. I thought about you a lot today and the ultimate sacrifice you made. You will forever be remembered as a hero. RIP

    – Jenni Nowak
  14. I participated in this year’s 2023 Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. I climbed because Joseph climbed! I had the privilege of honoring his memory and having Joe’s picture hanging from my helmet as I climbed…He was remembered and will never be forgotten!

    – Jonathan Hess, Captain at Crescent Vol Fire Department, WI