Roll of Honor

Thomas W. Kelly

Thomas W. Kelly

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 50
  • Year of Death: 2001

Thomas W. Kelly‚ 50‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 15. Kelly‚ a 17-year veteran‚ spent his entire career with Ladder 15. He was known as Mr. Dependable by his colleagues and often used his experience to mentor young firefighters. A former steamfitter‚ Kelly had helped build the World Trade Center before joining the FDNY. Kelly is survived by his wife and two sons.

Memorial Wall

  1. Thomas, I want you to know you are not forgotten. I had the great privilege to climb for you yesterday (9/11/16) at the Denver 9/11 stair climb. Rest easy brother!

    – Ben Ojinaga
  2. FF Kelly, thank you for allowing me to climb/run in your honor for the last 4 years. You and I have put in hundreds of flights and hundreds of miles. I was honored to take part in last years Steven Siller Tunnel2Towers 5K in Manhattan.. I stopped by the firehouse and met your co-workers. They were professional and represented the house well. The rig has your name on it, as expected. I asked the Captain if he knew any of your family so I could maybe reach out and see if they needed anything. He didn’t know, which was alright.
    I’m not sure if you were there (although I have a feeling you were) way back in 1996 when ditched my high school class trip and stopped by the firehouse.
    Your story is amazing and I tell it to anyone at these climbs/races that will listen.
    I look forward to climbing, and running, with you in the future.
    Hauser – Charlotte Fire Department- Field Comm Unit.

    – Greg Hauser
  3. Mr. Dependable, I have climbed the past 4 years for a different person each year. All of those were given to me randomly, but this year I chose to climb for someone and that someone is you. You were at the beginning of the World Trade Center and there for the end. You were a brave firefighter that never gave up and I am proud to be able to climb for you in this year’s Oklahoma City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. I know that the gesture of climbing in your place will not help your family with the loss of you, but I hope that continuing your legacy gives them pride. It makes me proud knowing that I’m climbing for a legend that never gave up in the most horrifying day of his life. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you gave and may we never forget what you did on that day. Rest In Peace brother.

    Jason Garrison
  4. FF Kelly, I was honored to climb in your name at this year’s (2017) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Denver. I appreciate your hard work, dedication, selflessness and sacrifice. God bless you, your family and the rest of your fallen brothers and sisters.

    – Troy Norby
  5. This will be my third year climbing. I will be carrying your picture on my pack as I make the 110 flights in honor of your sacrifice. God speed, brother!

    – Randy Barnes
  6. Thomas,
    This is my first 9/11 climb and am honored to climb in your name in Richmond,Va. Thank you for your service and prayers to your family and your fellow firefighters. Rest In Peace.

    – Michele Beck
  7. The Red Rocks annual stair climb today celebrated its tenth year with participants from 26 states and a climber from Canada. We’re the largest. This morning as the sun touched the underbellies of the clouds to the east I pulled into the parking lot, and about an hour later took your badge out of the box. Attached to my weighted Camelbak, you and your memory bounced against my chest for some 3000+ steps in your honor. As I spoke with military members (I’m a veteran) and men bundled in their bunkers in the hot morning air, I sent you and your family my best. We all did. I did a few extra laps just in case. The best to your family, your brothers and sisters in the departments. Our unending thanks for not only your sacrifice but that of all firefighters who run where nobody else will. And to all the families who also gave, and who miss you still. Thanks to all my fellow climbers this day.

    Julia Hubbel
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