National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 37
Year of Death: 2001

Matthew E. Barnes

Matt grew up in Maspeth‚ Queens. He graduated from Grover Cleveland High School. He met his wife Sue in 1986 and was married in January 1988. He was blessed with three sons- He became a fireman in March 1990 and he was a natural‚ he loved his job. He received the Honor Legion Medal in 2000.

Memorial Posts


Memorial Wall

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  1. I had the honor of carrying Matthew’s name and photo up Monserate Mountain in California on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Fallbrook Firefighters Association’s 8th Annual 9-11 Memorial Hill Climb. May your family and friends know that you are not forgotten, and that I will never forget those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    – Kim Parke
  2. I am 7 years old and today I climbed my first Panama City Beach 911 Memorial Stair Climb. I was honored to carry Matthews name and photo with me. Thank you for your bravery and may god continue to bless you and your family

    – Crew
  3. Yesterday I had the privilege to have Matthew E Barnes up with me on competitor bib #522 at the Melbourne Firefighter stairclimb.
    Inspired by his story, we both made the finish on the 28th floor in 6.04.985 minutes
    RIP my brother

    – Steve Duic
  4. I had the honor of carrying Matthews name up 3000+ stairs in honor of 9/11 in 9/11/19. God Bless, you are not forgotten!

    – Christe Irwin
  5. When my brother Joey Finn n Matt were walking home from school one day Joey passed out. Matt carried him all the way home. Joey died of cancer years later but Matt was always our hero from back then. They were 13 yrs old!!

    – Maryann Bluszcz
  6. 20 years and we still remember. Your bravery is an inspiration to us all. Your actions were courageous and selfless. You are a hero in every sense of the word, we will never forget.

    – Maria Greco
  7. On Saturday 9/11/2021, myself and my 8 year old son climbed 110 flights in Honor of Matthew E. Barnes in Binghamton, NY.

    – Jamie Race
  8. As part of the 2021 CFD Recuit class.
    I carried Matthew’s name and image with me during our stair climb 9-17-2021.
    Never Forget.

    – Andrew Hawthorn
  9. This guy Matthew Barnes saved my Niece and Nephew from a fire at 109th and Broadway. 375 Firefighters were there… it was March 1999. He was the first one up the ladder. My sister was screaming, “I’ve got babies.” Got that right…they were six week old twins. This guy Barnes saved my Niece and Nephew but then died on 9/11…trying to save lives like any great Firefighter would do. He was our Hero.

    – john jacobs
  10. Having a drink in your name. Thank you for your service. We have the watch.

    – David Kessler
  11. Today I got to carry this man’s name in remembrance of him and for what he did. You will never be forgotten Matthew. And to your family, may God bless you and we send our love to you.

    – Franklin Downs
  12. I had the honor of carrying Matthew on my first stair climb September 10th at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was a awesome experience and my first of many. You will never be forgotten.

    – Tracy Stabe
  13. We lived 2 doors away from Matt & Sue and their boys when this tragedy struck. Over 20 years have passed since then but you’re still in our thoughts

    – Tim Cusack
  14. I had the honor to climb in the Denver Stair Climb in Matthews name today 9/11/2023, may his family know that he will always be remembered as the Hero he is and he will never be forgotten

    – Jon G