Roll of Honor

Kevin M. O'Rourke

Kevin M. O’Rourke

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 44
  • Year of Death: 2001

Kevin was a man who loved life‚ but two things he loved more than anything else were his family and his work. He had wanted to be a firefighter since he was a little boy and we couldn’t imagine him being anything else. He taught his two daughters‚ Corinne and Jamie‚ to always try their hardest at whatever they chose to do.

He was considered by all an ‘all around nice guy.’ We lost a great husband‚ father‚ son‚ brother and friend.

Memorial Wall

  1. If we met on the street we have never known each other for it was when we were wee tots that I knew you @ St.Joachims .. But being the Guy you are your name was always mentioned . Thank You for all your Service , RIP <3 May your beautiful family always stay strong

    – Debra Andrino
  2. I had the honor in doing the stair climb in your Memory today. It is a moving experience I will never forget. Even though I by passed a few flights, we hit the bell in your honor at the 78th floor and finished. R.I.P. and may your memory live on through those who knew and loved you.

    – Dawn Novitski
  3. Thou we never get to say hello. We wanted your family to know that in our little town of Wheatfield N.Y. Just north of Buffalo there was a tribute on this past 9/11 and my family and I went to it. There was over three thousand flags flying in honor of the people that lost there lives that day. After the beautiful ceremony you could purchase one of these flags. My wife walked up to this flag without looking at the name on it and said she had a good feeling about this one. Little did we know about Kevin M O’Rourke. We now know the story of Kevin and what a great man he was. We fly this wonderful flag at our home in honor of him and had a plaque telling a little about him. My family thanks you for sharing such a great man with us and want you to know that we will never forget what he did for us! So for now we honor are HERO and hope to see him soon! Dan&Donna Colpoys

    – Dan & Donna Colpoys
  4. I recently spent a few days in New York and visited the 9/11 Memorial. As I approached the wall the first name that that sprung out at me was Kevin M O’Rourke and being Irish myself I felt a connection with what appeared to be an Irish name. I said to my travel companion ” I guess he was Irish or of Irish decent and I feel he must have been a fireman”. I took a little picture of his name and decided to look it up on my return home and so found him on here. I can not find words to explain the sadness I felt that day. Like many others I watched the horror unfold on TV here in the UK. Kevin was obviously a great guy who gave his life on that day and I am proud to have been able to read a little about him. My love goes out to his family and all who knew him. The memorial is amazing and I found it a very emotional experience being there. God bless you all. Philomena

    – Philomena Izzard
  5. There was a Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K race in Buffalo and runners had the opportunity to wear a badge in honor of a fallen 9/11 hero. Amidst so many names, Kevin’s popped out at me because of the familiar O’ … I was proud to race in his honor this morning wearing a badge with his name and picture on it. I hope his family knows that he is still being remembered. May God bless you all and all those who lost loved ones on that tragic Tuesday. Love and prayers from Buffalo!

    – Siobhan O'Connor
  6. I am so humbled by the experience to climb today in your honor. The feelings within that stairwell today were overwhelming at the least. Such an honor to have on the badge with you name, and a glowing picture to show your true personality. Thank you for all that you did, and laying your life down for others. God bless you and your family, Sir.

    – Teresa Forson
  7. I found you through Jim Defede’s book and also through the Broadway musical Come From Away. What a beautiful story. Rest In Peace

    – Gwen McQuaig
  8. Kevin every day since you ran up, not knowing you would touch Heaven, you have been missed. We had a plan to grow old together in public service, so I will have you by my side or on my shoulder. Love and miss you Brother and hope I make you proud. Till we meet again keep the tinkering going. While I struggled and overcame, I will honor you everyday.

    – Keith Carman
  9. I had the honor of climbing in memory of Kevin M. O’Rouke in the stair climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. It was a humbling experience that I will always remember. I climbed because he climbed. Never Forget.

    – Connie Malueg
  10. God bless 17 yrs later and it still hurts.

    – Vickie Sandover
  11. I was young when 9/11 happened, but each year since the gravity of everything hits me more as I get older. I just read about Kevin in “The Day the World Came to Town.” As a fellow Catholic of Irish descent, and a fellow American, my heart breaks at the loss of a good man like Kevin to such unspeakable evil. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice Kevin, it is not forgotten. I will say a prayer for your family today who must miss you terribly.

    – Mary
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