Roll of Honor

Raymond R. York

Raymond R. York

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 45
  • Year of Death: 2001

Firefighter‚ Engine 285
Age 45
Born: March 21‚ 1956
Dates of Service: May 1‚ 1982 – September 11‚ 2001
Wife: Joan York
Children: Raymond-23‚ Kristina-14‚ Kristen-15‚ Robert-12‚ and Michael-9

Raymond York went at life full-tilt. He spent nearly two decades fighting blazes and loving the New York City Fire Department when an injury forced him into light duty. But for Ray‚ duty was never light‚ not as a husband‚ not as a father and not as a firefighter.

On September 11th‚ he was assigned to the Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center‚ where he had found his second-calling teaching children about fire safety. There he was ‘Fireman Ray’ to the kids he captivated. When the attack occurred‚ Firefighter York grabbed his gear‚ hitched a ride from a television crew and headed downtown. When traffic held them up‚ he caught a ride from a passing ambulance and reached the Fire Department’s command post at the World Trade Center. The same dedication he displayed on that day was evident in all areas of his life.

His passions included kayak trips with his fellow firefighters‚ whom he dubbed ‘The Blazing Paddles.’ However‚ his greatest passion was his children‚ Kristina‚ Kristen‚ Robby‚ and Michael‚ and his wife‚ Joan. He was a devoted husband and a dedicated father. He was the little league coach‚ Cub Scout leader. When it came to his children he was there for everything.

In the words of his 9-year old son Michael‚ ‘He was a lifesaver. He was a good firefighter. He was a good man. His friends liked him. He used to go everywhere I did. He was good at pool‚ swimming and baseball. He was good at everything. He was the best person in the world’

– Joan York

Memorial Wall

  1. This man died a hero. He is a symbol for everything that makes us great. He knew the slim odds of survival not only for those he went in to save, but also for himself – yet went in anyway.

    – Lee Neighoff
  2. I don’t know you, I don’t know your family – but I want your loved ones to know that your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. It sounds like you were an amazing man, Raymond, and I’m so so sorry that you were taken from your family too soon. Rest in peace.

    – Shannon
  3. Ray York is a lifelong friend our families connected since forever we grew up together. RIP GOOD BLESS ALL

    – Mary King
  4. I never met you in person. I climbed today in your honor at lambeau field in Green Bay, Wi. It was my honor to pay my respects to a fallen brother. You are a true hero my friend! Rest Easy

    – Austin Holentunder
  5. You were the hero I honored today at the 9/11 stair climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I thought about you, your wife, your children, and the rest of your loved ones all day and won’t forget.

    – Kayla Opperman
  6. Yesterday, you were the hero I walked in honor of at the 1st annual 9/11 Disney walk. It was such an amazing honor to walk for a hero like you!

    – Jennifer Collier
  7. Today, I ran a 10k in honor of you. I cannot put in words how honored I was to do so. You will never be forgotten.

    – Tammy King
  8. Monday, September 11, 2017 – I will be honoring Raymond during the Red Rocks Amphitheater 9/11 Stair Climb in Denver Colorado. God bless you Raymond. I will never forget your heroism and ultimate sacrifice.

    – Dahlia Weinstein
  9. I had the honor of climbing 110 floors at a 9/11 memorial stair climb with an I’d tag of Raymond York! To my fellow brotha you are a true American Hero!

    – Brent Rodriguez
  10. I am a frequent visitor to NY, and often times shop at the FIreZone in Rockefeller Center. There is a plaque on the wall, with a quote from Ray about firefighting and teamwork. It’s a great reminder of what matters in life, and I frequently refer to it. Thank you Ray.

    – Philip Thompson
  11. I proudly wore your picture on my chest today at the 9/11 Tribute ~ Red Rocks, Colorado. Reading of your heroism makes me weep with gratitude ~ your spirit lives on. Bless your family. ❤️???

    – Ginnie Eldredge
  12. I found your name in a stack of cards of all the fallen firefighters in our town of Bethel, AK. It is an honor to have learned a little bit about you today. We will pray for your family. You are and always will be a hero to America.

    – Wade Long
  13. I am honored to be carrying Raymond’s name and picture on the OKC 911 Memorial Stairclimb September 15, 2018

    – Carl Billey
  14. On Saturday I ran for Ray the San Diego 9/11 Stair Climb Memorial. I really glad I got to read this and learn what a great guy he was. He really embodied a true american hero. Bess your family, Ray.

    – Alexander Burd
  15. Today I wore an E285/L142 shirt in your honor. I’m humbled to be able to do this in your memory. Thank you for showing us how we should live our lives, what a hero is, what selflessness, courage, and strength truly mean. God bless, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    – Ryan Cox
  16. My good friend Ray we had lots of good times hanging out together,, you’ll never be forgotten R.I.P

    – Louis Breviario
  17. We climbed the stairs at Lambeau field in your honor, Sept 7th, 2019. Sounds like Ray was a guy that would charge in, when others were charging out. A true hero.
    You will not be forgotten.

    – Mike Hoeft
  18. Today was my first stair climb at the Red Rocks amphitheater and to do all those laps in memory of Raymond R. York was truly an honor. The weather was great and one could definitely reflect on lives lost with all the first responders who came out in full battle rattle as we call it or fire fighting gear to pay tribute to fellow brothers in arms that gave it all that day on the 11th of September.

    May your spirit live on Raymond through your family and friends that you’ve touched during your life on this planet. Taken too soon. God Bless!

    – Maritsa Yupa-Shelley
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