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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 39
Year of Death: 2001

Kenneth T. Watson

Kenneth T. Watson‚ 39‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 214. Before he joined the FDNY‚ Watson built skyscrapers‚ spending eight years as a New York City ironworker. Eventually‚ however‚ the call of the firehouse proved irresistible‚ and he became a firefighter like his father. When not working‚ Watson enjoyed softball and the outdoors. He went hunting and horseback riding and took his family on camping trips‚ often with other firefighters and their families. Watson lived in Smithtown‚ N.Y.‚ where he attended high school and met his wife.

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  1. Thinking of the family. Leonard Bruce Strobel was Bob’s dad (Gus, Wilber & Margaret’s brother). LB was adopted from the orphanage by Uncle Von Glon & in military changed name to Van. You have Texas cousins still praying for your family.

    – Betty Jo & Robert S. Van
  2. Our family is honored to have our son (Danny) receive the 2016 Kenneth Watson Memorial Award – Smithtown West

    – Joseph Varello
  3. Yesterday I climbed for you at the national fallen firefighters association 9/11 stair climb, Thank you and I will never forget.
    FDNY 343

    – Scott Brown
  4. Kenneth, I will be walking for you on September 9, 2017, during the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. I am honored to be able to wear your photo on my I.D. badge and carry you with me near my heart as I climb. I will NEVER FORGET ??❤️

    – Cindy Watson
  5. Still carrying you in my heart Ken,,,,but it’s not a ‘heavy’ heart,,,,it’s just ‘full’,,,,hugs and love to the family

    – Mysie Maggie Watson Stern McJannet
  6. I climbed for you today at the Philadelphia 9/11 stair climb. I will never forget.

    – Casey
  7. I climbed in your honor today in Atlanta. ❤️

    – Julie Belknap
  8. I participated in the San Diego Stair Climb today 9.8.18, and climbed 110 flights of stairs to honor you. You were my current age when you died. Liked softball, outdoors, and camping; very much like me. I will be thinking about you and your family when these 90 flights of stairs seem difficult, or when life seems too tough to handle. Thinking about the courageous and unselfish actions of Kenneth Watson will help give me perspective, appreciation, and a sense of purpose to always be kind, stay positive, have courage, and work hard. I am humbled; and honored.

    – Patrick Martin
  9. I climbed the Tower challenge in the Gila Hockey arena in Glendale, AZ in your honor this morning. May we never forget your sacrifice on 9/11!

    – Michelle Davis
  10. I was humbled and honored to climb for you during the 9/22/2018 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. You will never be forgotten.

    – Donna Muehl
  11. Ken I’m thinking about you and your family as the New Year approaches sending love and best wishes

    – Mysie "Maggie" (Watson) Stern McJannet
  12. My mother became great friends with your mom in WV Kenneth. Your mom told me a little about you and i wish i had met you. Dave Gillis

    – Dave Gillis
  13. I climbed for you at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI on 9/7/19. You were in my thoughts throughout the climb, and I rang the fire bell in your honor. We will never forget the sacrifices made by you and all the heroes we lost on 9/11/01. Prayers to the family.

    – Merisue Krenke
  14. I climbed for you at my first Stairclimb, the 2nd Annual 9/11 Stairclimb at Citi Field in New York. I’ve continued to carry your badge with me each NY Stairclimb since I’m addition to the new badge each year. You’re a true hero #neverforget

    – Lisa Boettger
  15. I climbed 110 flights in remembrance for you at the Marshall, TX stair climb on 9/11/19 and I rang the bell in your honor.

    – Timothy Hoag
  16. I climbed 2,088 steps in your honor tonight. May your family find comfort knowing that your memory lives on.

    – Kenneth Hamilton
  17. I climbed 2,088 steps in Maryville Missouri in your honor tonight. May your family find comfort knowing that your memory lives on.

    – Kenneth Hamilton
  18. I’m still remembering you and your family Ken. When I look at your picture I feel such a kinship and connection. I really do carry your image in my heart and mind. Sending hugs to your family and friends.

    – Mysie 'Maggie' (Watson) Stern McJannet
  19. I’m a 7th grade boy who climbed for Kenneth at our school’s middle school stair climb in Darboy, Wisconsin. I researched him and prayed for him. He was a great person, dad, and fire fighter.

    – George P. Kendall V
  20. Ran 9.11 KM today with you in my heart. You have not been forgotten..I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers always.

    – Angela Caponi
  21. In remembrance of you and in honor of your loved ones, I and many others climbed 110 flights at the Mason, OH stair climb on 9/11/2021. I rang a bell in your honor.

    – Kate
  22. I walked in your memory today at our local event. I am 39 on this date as well.

    – Wilkes Evans
  23. Ken I just finished posting your picture and story on my Facebook page,,,,you must be so proud of your kids,,,,,

    – Maggie Mysie (Watson) Stern McJannet
  24. Rucked 5K for your memory my friend. I’ve never met you but you will always have reverence in my life. I’ve been serving on active duty for over 29 years and I dedicate my service to you and you family. Hope your looking down with a proud smile.

    – CMSgt Charles Flanagain
  25. I participated in today’s 9/11 climb in Manchester NH and was honored to wear the badge and ring the bell, in honor of Kenneth Watson. Although I did not know him, he and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget the sacrifices made by him and all on 9/11/2001.

    – Susan Paquin
  26. Thank you.

    – Garrieldo Woods
  27. My brother climbed for you yesterday. Thank you for your service to our country. You will never be forgotten.

    – Rosa