Roll of Honor

Stephen E. Belson

Stephen E. Belson

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 51
  • Year of Death: 2001

Stephen Belson graduated from Lehman College‚ Bronx‚ NY. in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He became a ‘career’ lifeguard in Rockaway ‚ NY where he lived for 30 years.

He joined the NYC Fire Department in 1973 along with many of his lifeguard friends and immediately he had found his calling. He established lifelong friendships in Rockaway and the Fire Department. Most of his 23 years in the Fire Department were at Engine 1‚ Ladder 24 on 31st Street and 7th Avenue. His love and dedication to that firehouse gave him the label ‘Mr. Ladder 24.’ One of his dearest friends was Father Mychal Judge and he was made an honorary Irishman by the Consulate General of Ireland. He was not married.

Memorial Wall

  1. I’m doing a research on him

    – Shilon
  2. I believe I lived and grew up with him and his brother. Did he have a brother named Bruce who is now 68 years of age ??? Fresh Meadows Flushing NY.

    Stuart Furstman
  3. I climbed 110 floors in your honor yesterday. I am a deputy from Tennessee, but I consider it a great honor to climb for my new hero. I thank you for your sacrifice, and may you forever rest in peace.

    – Allen Rogers
  4. I participated in a 5K run/walk for the fallen today. I walked for Firefighter Stephen E Belson, Ladder 24. It was an honor to walk in memory of Firefighter Belson. Thank You for your great sacrifice, you will never be forgotten. Nichole Reimer

    – Nichole Reimer
  5. I climbed 110 stories in your honor yesterday sir. Thank you for your sacrifice and I would love to get in touch with any family still alive today

    – Josh England
  6. I climbed 110 stories in your honor 9/11/17 in Denver, CO. This was my first memorial stair climb event. It was the most humbling and amazing experience of my fire career to date, and looking forward I’m planning on climbing again and again. Thank you for your sacrifice, and laying the ground work for all of us to strive to be a better person, and Never Forget.

    – Dave Hawkins
  7. Watching the memorial swim today in Rockaway. RIP we are all thinking of you

    – Kristina
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