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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 41
Year of Death: 2001

Kenneth J. Phelan Sr.

Lt. Kenneth J. Phelan
DOB: June 27‚ 1960
Maspeth‚ New York
Husband of Patricia (Horan) Phelan (his high school sweetheart)
Father of Kimberly-18‚ Erin-14‚ Danny-11‚ and Kenny-8.
Son of Helene and Dan Phelan. Brother of Marian‚ Jean‚ Mary‚ Lenny and Fran. Grandson of Helen Obremski.

He attended Our Lady of Hope Grammar School‚ Middle Village‚ and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School‚ Ridgewood. He also attended St. John’s University‚ Jamaica‚ New York‚ and St. Francis College‚ Brooklyn‚ New York.

Kenny was a lifetime member of the Maspeth community. He was born‚ raised‚ married and raising his children here.

As a youth‚ Kenny was a newspaper delivery boy for six years. He played baseball‚ basketball and football. During high school he was on the Grover Cleveland swim team. He worked at Community Beverage during his high school and college years.

He was an avid Mets and Rangers fan. Loved to go to the games. Loved the ocean especially at Breezy Point. He was an expert skier and loved the slopes at Killington.

Kenny was active in Our Lady of Hope for many years coaching boys and girls CYO basketball intermittently since he was 18 years old. This included coaching his younger brother‚ Lenny‚ his own children and many other youths of the parish.

On July 13‚ 1981‚ he was appointed to the NYPD. He transferred to the FDNY on November 12‚ 1989. He was a fireman in Eng. 16 and Ladder 7 in Manhattan until his promotion to Lieutenant on May 11‚ 2000. He was currently at Eng. 217 in Bedford-Stuyvesant‚ Brooklyn‚ which was his father’s company.

Kenny will be deeply missed by his family‚ friends‚ and the community.

Patricia Phelan

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  1. My name is Patrick Andrew Phelan i live in red deer alberta canada.I dont know if there is a relation or not RIP A TRUE HERO

    – pat
  2. Tomorrow 4/22/2016 I will have the honor of carrying your picture during the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    Thank you for your service and I promise we will never forget.

    Lt. Matthew Kidd
    Georgetown Twp Fire Protection District / Dancing With The Devil FOOLS

    – Matthew Kidd
  3. This morning I had the honour of carrying your photo on my timing bib when I completed the firefighter stairclimb in Melbourne, Australia. R. I. P.

    – Paul Goucher
  4. Yesterday 9-9-17 I had the honor of carrying your photo during the New Orleans 911 Memorial Stair Climb. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, we will never forget.

    Captain N. Comeaux
    St. Tammany Fire District #4
    Mandeville, La

    – Neil Comeaux
  5. Tomorrow (11/11/2017) I will have the honor of carrying your picture during the Houston 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. You and your sacrifice are not forgotten, hero.

    – C. F.
  6. It was an honor to climb with your picture on my pack for the fourth year in a row, Lt. Phelan!

    Godspeed in bringing peace and light to your first responder and home families. May their endless grief take root in purpose for all of the brave gifts and your ultimate generosity. We will not forget.

    Until next year Kenny: please rest easy… we’ll take it from here.

    – Tim Holtzclaw
  7. Tomorrow (9/11/2018) I will have the honor of carrying your photo in my turnout pocket during our academy’s 9/11 memorial tower run. Thank you for your service Lt Kenneth J. Phelan you are not forgotten.

    – Dakota Randall
  8. On Saturday September 15, 2018 I will have the honor to carry your picture during the Oklahoma City Memorial 9/11 stair climb. Thank you for your service and the sacrifice you made that day. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten!

    Firefighter Ryan Coble
    Spencer Fire department
    Spencer OK

    – Ryan Coble
  9. Today 9-11-18 I had the honor of carrying your photo at the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Thank you for your courage, your commitment, and for your sacrifice. God bless you and your family!

    – Will Routon
  10. I had the honor of wearing your picture during Rochester’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this morning. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice. Your memory lives on.

    – Cody Seward
  11. Today I climbed for you, in honor of your sacrifice.

    – James
  12. On Saturday, September 22, 2018 I traveled to Green Bay, WI to climb in your memory at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field. Lt. Phelan, you are a kindred soul. You, nor any of the other brave souls who lost their lives that day, will ever be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

    Firefighter Jonathan Lamas
    Noank Fire Department
    Noank, CT

    Jonathan Lamas
  13. Today I participated in the Run to Remember 5k and placed a flag on your name to honor you! Thank you for your service, Sir!

    – Marcie Cushing
  14. Phelan family, as many before have posted, today I took members of my company, Aurora Payments, to the 9/11 stair challenge in Phoenix. Each of our employees was issued a card with the picture of a first responder from 9/11. I was honored and privileged to have Ken Sr.’s picture attached to my jersey today. I asked him to help me ring the bell at the completion of the event and let me tell you his spirit is alive and well as that was one loud ring we rang out in Phoenix today!! I am running a 9/11 5K on Saturday in Mesa and Ken Sr. is coming with me. Thank you for sharing a part of your family with me as his story and your family inspired me.

    – Brian Goudie
  15. Recently (Friday 7th September 2019) I had the privilege of representing your memory during the 2019 Fire Fighter Stair in Melbourne Australia.
    You made the ultimate sacrifice for absolute strangers in unfathomable conditions. Seperated by distance by united by the fire fighting brotherhood.
    Rest peacefully.
    Firefighter Brad Thompson
    Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade
    Melbourne, Australia

    – Brad Thompson
  16. I carried your tag for stair climb on 11/14/19 at VCOS/IAFC event in Clearwater, FL. Bed-Stuy was where my uncle walked a beat for NYPD. I have some memories of 9/11 as part of an EMS task force dispatched to support FDNY from upstate. Most moving was constant flow of FDNY ambulances carrying our fallen brothers from Ground Zero on a last ride up West Side Hwy. Complete silence while we stood at attention and saluted as they passed. Rest In Peace. We will never forget!

    – Brian Weiss
  17. I was remembering the names of the fallen today on September 11, 2020. The Phelan name is a regal name and a warrior name, which describes Lt. Kenneth J. Phelan. We are eternally grateful for your bravery, your courage, and your ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. You will always be remembered as a true hero. God bless your entire family always with peace, love, joy and comfort from heaven above.

    – Alise Phelan
  18. Today, 9/11/2021 as I watched the tribute to the victims and heroes I saw the name Kenneth J. Phelan. I am honored to share your name and eternally grateful for your sacrifice. I got a chill when I saw that Patricia’s name was Horan as my grandmother was Lillian Horan. She died having my mom so we never knew her. God rest your soul and bless your family.

    – Regina Phelan Wightman
  19. I had the honor of carrying your photo during the Tunnel To Tower 5k run on November 6 2021 in Clearwater, Florida.
    Marlenne Pauillac

    – Marlenne
  20. This Saturday 10th September I will have the honor of carrying your picture during the Australian Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb 2022.
    Thank you for your service, lest we forget.
    FF Rogelio Rojas
    Country Fire Authority Victoria, Warburton Volunteer Fire Brigade

    Rogelio Rojas