National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 55
Year of Death: 2001

Robert B. Nagel

Robert B. Nagel‚ 55‚ lieutenant‚ FDNY‚ Engine 58. Nagel‚ an Army veteran who served in Vietnam‚ spent 28 years with the FDNY. He grew up in Richmond Hill‚ Queens‚ and attended Archbishop Molloy High School. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University. Nagel‚ who lived in Manhattan‚ was a history buff who enjoyed reading science fiction in his spare time. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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  1. Tomorrow I will climb for you in okc memorial stair climb. I can only hope I honor your name, as you have honored our country. I thank you for your service.

    – Addison
  2. Today I climbed at Lambeau Field in Green Bay WI for you. I carried you along the entire way with me in the rain. 110 stories, rang the bell at the 78th story and said your full name. Rest In Peace Robert.

    Jonathon Brostowitz
  3. Today I ran in the patriot 5k in Corpus Christi Texas wearing a race bib in memory of you and the sacrifice of all the first responders and the soldiers that gave their life in defense of us all. You are not and will not be forgotten, especially by me.

    – Patrick Stanlow
  4. Remembering you as my P.S 55 classmate with fondness for fun days.I always picture Joseph Imperio with you while Margie and I thought you two were nice.It’s our loss we didn’t know you in adulthood.So sorry you were one of the brave 343.

    – Carole Haje
  5. Yesterday I ran a 5K road race for you in DeWitt, New York. Words can still barely express my appreciation for your service in Vietnam and for your 28 years as a firefighter. And your bravery and sacrifice on 9/11 inspired my run. I came in first in my age group (females 60+).
    May memories continue to comfort your wife and daughter.
    I will never forget.

    – Penny Noll
  6. i recently fround out you died, on 9/11/2001 i knew you in Richmond Hill, as a teenager, you were a good kid, hard worker/i think you did deliveries for a store on lefts the summer we played cards,, at a guys backyard, i think his name was teddy.we grew apart sadly, I also served in Vietnam, in 1967,was wounded and sent home by med/vac.i have nothing but good memories of you Bob, cannot remember names to well who we knew, we hung out at a candy store on 101st. door to a L.I. Press, paper route store. your in my prayers since i found out about your plight, & death in the line of duty, I’m really honored, & greatful to have known you Bob. R.I.P.

    – Jack DeFantis/aka jack carroll
  7. Climbed in the FDIC 911 memorial stair climb, it was my honor to climb for you, RIP

    – Lt. Eric Kiess
  8. Lieutenant Robert B. Nagel, Engine 58… It’s been 16 years since you were taken from us. You are a HERO, and I am so proud and so honored to have been able to finish the climb you started 16 years ago! I climbed for you this past Saturday at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Panama City Beach. I rang the bell and said your name with pride and honor! I prayed for your family, your wife and daughter, and all the other families of the amazing men and women who lost their lives that tragic 9/11 day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service while in the Army and your ultimate sacrifice after serving 28 years as a firefighter with the FDNY. We will Never Forget YOU or the other 342 HEROS!
    #weclimbbecausetheyclimbed #neverforgotten #realheros #9/11 #FDNY

    With much love and respect,
    Branda S Rybolt

    – Branda
  9. Thank you fellow brother for your sacrifices. I carried you today at Ft. Bliss 9/11 memorial and climbed the stairs in your honor. I will pray for you and your family for the rest of my life. May you rest in peace and continue to be a guardian Angel.

    – Monica Diaz
  10. I worked with Bob in 58 Engine, Ladder 26, The Fire Factory. I stopped by this site to show who Bobby was/is for my 7 yo nephew who was too young to know 9/11 & the great sacrifices made that day…
    I want to Thank All of You Wrote & or Ran, for One Hell of a Quiet Man it was my privilege to work with… Thank you for Remembering Great Sacrifices & Thinking of his Family…

    – Gregory Parr
  11. This coming Saturday, I will climb in Bob’s honor. Thank you and your brothers for your sacrifices, Bob

    – Karen
  12. I was honored walked for you today at the OKC 9/11 memorial that honored you and the other 342 that made the ultimate sacrifice! You are the true heroes! I pray for your family and hope they know just how amazing your sacrifice was! RIP!

    – Kimber Misak
  13. Yesterday I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was an honor to carry your badge along the entire way, 110 stories, rang the bell at the 78 story in memory of you. I pray for your family and all the other families of the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11. Thank you for your service in Vietnam and for your 28 years of service as a firefighter. You are a HERO. I will never forget.

    – Brenda Beckmann
  14. Today I climbed at Lambeau Field in honor of you. I am a Veteran of the US Army, and I sobbed the entire time, every step of the way. I can’t thank you enough for the Ultimate Sacrifice you made for this Country. You are the very definition of an American Hero. I will never forget you.

    – Samantha Johnson
  15. I climbed in Robert’s honor at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Green Bay, WI (09/07/2019). I hope his family and friends have found peace. Thank you for your sacrifice. RIP <3

    – Megan M.
  16. 911 2020 I will climb New Zealand Aucklands Sky City in your honour. I selected you as we are of similar age and same first name.. I will run with you in my heart. Rest in peace long live
    Ladder 58.

    – Robert Willey
  17. I climbed in your honor today. I am very thankful for your service.

    – MJ
  18. God Bless you Lieutenant Robert B. Nagel Thank you for your service to FDNY Engine 58 and your service as an Army veteran.
    I also thank and send prayers to your wife and daughter for their sacrifice.

    – Lorraine Mandeville
  19. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since you so heroically died. I fondly remember you as a very kind classmate in PS 55 in Richmond Hill, NY. Danny Cummings was your neighbor and Danny and I used to play together quite often. Eventhough I was a girl, you and Danny and I spent many afternoons after school…running, creating, building forts and watching the clock so we could be home for dinner. I knew you were a serious student because you went to Molloy High School while I just went to Richmond Hill High School. We lost contact after grade school but I always recall your sweet spirit both in the classroom and being a “friend” to Danny and I.
    “The only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now”
    Anticipating a grand reunion.
    Diane Gutierrez Falco

    – Diane Falco
  20. Today I climbed 110 stories at Red Rocks, Colorado in your name. Thank you for your service good sir.

    – Jesse Thein
  21. Today I climbed for you in San Antonio, Texas at the SA110 9/11 Memorial Climb. I hope I brought honor to your name just as you would have. Thank you for your service. It was a pleasure to carry you with me today.

    – Jessica
  22. Yesterday I climbed 110 stories with your picture at the 2023 FDIC 9/11 stair climb so your family may know that we will never forget your sacrifice. It was my true honor. Rest in peace my friend.

    – Lauren Schultz
  23. Today I climbed in Midland, Texas in your memory. Thank you for not only being there for September 11 but also Vietnam.

    – Michele R
  24. Today I climbed 110 floors in honor of Robert B. Nagel at the Fritz-Walther-Stadium in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
    Never forgotten.

    – Claudia Banua