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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 32
Year of Death: 2001

Louis Arena

Louis Arena‚ 32‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 5. A father of two‚ he met his future wife when both were in grade school in Staten Island. Friends and family say that Arena was always helping people‚ with little concern for himself.

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  1. To the family of Louis Arena:
    My name is David Duer I’m a firefighter in waupun wisconsin and on Saturday September 10, 2016 I had the humbling privilege to walk in memory and honor of your loved one Louis in a 9/11 memorial walk at Lambeau field in Green Bay wisconsin. I carried Louise’s picture badge on my turn out gear while I climbed the equivalent of 110 stories. It was truly a great experience. I will keep and honor him along with the other fallen firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. They will never be forgotten.

    – David Duer
  2. On Friday, April 28, 2017 I climbed in memory of Louis Arena at the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. I climbed 110 stories while wearing a badge with Louis’ name and picture on it.

    Blessing to your family and all the families of the 343.

    – Nick
  3. On Saturday September 16, 2017 I climbed in the 9/11 memorial stair climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. I climbed all 110 stories in the honor of Louis Arena and I did it with pride every step of the way, and at the 78th floor I rang the bell a yelled “Louis Arena Ladder Company 5” loud and proud. He and his brothers will never be forgotten.

    – Nick Keating
  4. Today Sept 9th 2018, I climbed 110 floors in Memory of Louis Arena in Effingham Ill. It was an honor to participate in this event and remember Louis and all firefighters who lost your life that dreadful day.
    We will never forget!

    – Tracy
  5. Tue. September 11, 2018 I climbed in memory of Louis Arena in Tucson at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. God bless his family.

    – Christina
  6. 2019 Wichita Kansas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Proud to climb 110 floors in your honor. Keeping your memory brother.

    – Lake Tully
  7. I didn’t know Louis or his family. I stopped at the 9/11 Memorial today and took a moment of silence. My husband had snapped a photo of this private moment without me knowing. I was looking down and saw Louis’ name. I wanted to let you know that I’ll continue to pray for Louis’ family and will never forget the ultimate sacrifice made on that day.

    – Natalie
  8. I ran the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Ankeny Iowa on November 2, 2019 in Louis Arena’s memory. Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.

    – Colleen
  9. To David, Nick, Nick K, Tracy, Christina, Lake Tully, Natalie and Coleen- Thank you all who walked or climbed in honor of my brother Lou’s sacrifice. I am deeply moved by all of the love shown by your actions.
    Many blessings to you all.
    Frank Arena

    – Frank Arena
  10. Never forget

    – Firefighter Paul Arena
  11. To the family of Louis Arena: My name is Betty Lathrop. I am 77 years old and a retired teacher. This morning I ran/walked in memory of your loved one in the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Jackson, Michigan. I clipped Louis’s picture badge to my shirt. I will keep his badge and honor him along with all the other fallen firefighters who lost their lives on 9-11-2001. Let us never forget. God bless your family.

    – Betty Lathrop
  12. While walking outside the firehouse across the street from the memorial site, I noticed Louis Arena’s name. Even though I never knew him, I was honored to share a name with someone who gave his life to help others in the towers. As my family and I walked to the pools to pray for those lost, ironically the name as we looked down was the same. He and His family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.

    – Cherilyn Arena
  13. 9/11/21 today I had the privilege of running in honor of Louis. I wore his photo on a lanyard as a completed the Tunnel2Towers 5k. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten!

    – Emily Lozen
  14. 20 years and we still remember. Your bravery is an inspiration to us all. You are a hero in every sense and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your courageous and selfless actions, we will never forget.

    – Maria Greco
  15. It was great honor to run/walk in memory of Louis Arena on September 11, 2021. I ran the 10K “Run For The Fallen” in Kronenwetter, Wisconsin. With every step I took wearing a badge on my shirt with Louis’s name and photo, I kept him in my thoughts of the sacrifice he made on that day. After 20 years of this awful day, Louis and all the firefighters, police officers, and first responders, they will never be forgotten.

    – Brian Princl
  16. On September 10, 2022 I climbed in memory of Louis Arena.

    – Gina
  17. It is my extreme honor to be in Clearwater, Florida doing the TtT race in honor of FF Louis Arena. Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. Your family will be in my thoughts today and always.

    – Allison Broihier
  18. To the family, I am a recently retired Soldier and this morning it was my honor and privilege to climb 110 stories while your loved ones badge. Afterwards I read his story. His and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. The climb was conducted here in Fayetteville NC at Segra Stadium.

    – Kim Lofton
  19. Today I had the privilege to do the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo in honor and remembrance of Louis Arena of Ladder 5 in NYC. I proudly rang the bell, announced his name and signed his name on the fire hose. When I felt myself getting tired, I looked at his picture on my lanyard and knew I had to keep going. Louis, and all the other firefighters, are true heroes. We will never forget!!! 🇺🇸

    – Sheila Dawson
  20. I knew Louis Arena when we lived next door to each other on Staten Island, I was a teenager and Louis was 6 years younger than me. He was the youngest of 2 children, he had an older sister. He was always full of energy running and playing around in front of their home. He came from a tight knit family. His father was always outside the house watching him play. My parents & Louis’s parents were friends and we went to pay our respects to the Arena family when this senseless tragedy happened. They were devastated, rightfully so. I always think of Louis and the pain his family must go through. I donate to Tunnel To Towers on a regular basis. Every time I see the T to T commercial on TV I think of Louis Arena and the other hero’s who kept us safe.
    May Louis Arena Rest In Eternal Peace 🙏🏼

    – Anthony Sciortino
  21. I had the privilege of climbing 110 floors in honor of the brave hero in Charleston, SC 2024. Thank you for your bravery.

    – Nicole Sammons