National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 37
Year of Death: 2001

Timothy Patrick McSweeney

Timothy Patrick McSweeney‚ 37‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 3. McSweeney joined the FDNY in 1987‚ and won six awards for heroism. Known as the Big Guy or the Gentle Giant‚ the 6 foot-3-inch tall McSweeney loved to spend time with his family – his wife and their three children. Firefighting was a family affair: McSweeney’s father‚ Dennis‚ is a retired FDNY battalion chief‚ as was his first cousin‚ Peter Freund‚ was also died on September 11th.

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  1. I worked with Tim’s wife Debbie and I will always remember how proud of Tim she was and always spoke so highly of him as a dad , husband and firefighter for NYC. I knew Tim for only a short time , but I will always remember his kindness and he truly was a gentle giant. Thank you Tim for your bravery and your service to the people of NYC. God Bless you always as you are an angel of God.

    – Nancy LeRoy
  2. It was an honor to walk for Timothy (and with him in spirit) today at a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. God Bless him and his family.

    – Angie Rondello
  3. This past Saturday (09/16/2017) I walked for Timothy at Lambeau Field, during the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Greeen Bay, Wisconsin. It was a very emotional climb for me as I thought of Timothy and how he helped others on that terrible day in American history. I’m very honored to have represented him during the climb. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. Much love and admiration to you Timothy and your family.

    – Rochelle Bursa
  4. Today I had the honor of taking you to the top in the Central New York 9/11 Stairclimb in Utica NY…all 110 stories. I researched your life and learned about you over 3 months and realized what an amazing man you were. I hope I lived up to your legacy and I know you kept me going. Each time I passed your photo in the staircase I stopped and touched your photo. I will never forget.

    – Nick Gillen
  5. It was an honor to walk for Timothy at the 9/11 stair climb in Green Bay, WI. God bless Timothy and his family.

    – Rebecca Sanders
  6. I had the privilege of walking for Timothy for the 9/22/2018 memorial stair climb in Green Bay. God bless you and your family and thank you for your sacrifice. We’ll keep your card in a place of honor in our home in Wisconsin.

    – Mark Muehl
  7. I had the honor of running for Tim McSweeney today at the 9/11 Run to Remember 5k in Sacramento, Ca. After the race, I placed an American Flag by his name to honor his sacrifice and commitment to our great country.

    – Tim Simmons
  8. It was an honor climbing 110 floors at the 2019 Clayton, MO 9/11 Memorial Stair climb. May god be with your family and friends. RIP brother. gone but never forgotten.

    – Trey Payne
  9. I am honored to have walked in Timothy’s honor at the 9/11/19 Memorial Hill Climb at Red Rocks, Colorado. Bless your family, and thank you for your bravery and your service.

    – Angie Zimmerer
  10. It was a true honor to have Firefighter Timothy Patrick McSweeney walk with me on this day, 20 years after he gave his life in service to others, at the 2021 Fayetteville, NC Memorial Stair Climb.

    – Jason Tyma
  11. In the World Golf Village area / St Augustine, FL on 9/11/21, there was a 9/11 5K walk/run planned and donations for Tunnel to Towers. I picked up my number and I was to choose a badge from the table — they had photos of each firefighter who perished on 9/11. I looked at them all but kept going back to FF Timothy McSweeney LAD 3 – like his spirit was talking to me. I picked up his badge and wore it. I woke up early the next morning and started watching a show I had recorded – The Long Island Medium – In Memory of 9/11. She spoke with a lady whose brother was Pat (don’t have last name) the Captain of Ladder Company 3 — I jumped up and got TMc’s badge … yes I remembered it was Ladder 3. I was stunned and listened to her story and even the Captain’s voice in a recording they had — “they were still on their way up to rescue those above the 35th Floor”. The Captain lost 12 of his brave firefighters that day. I am so proud and honored that I was able to walk with Timothy’s badge — his spirit was truly with me. May your family be at peace and may Timothy RIP. He will from this day forward be in my prayers. (I was living in NY on that day 9/11/01.)

    – Carol Carnicelli
  12. Thank you, hero. You will never be forgotten.

    – Kristi farrell
  13. I am running the Tunnels to Towers Race in my town, Donnellson, Iowa. We were all given a card with someone’s picture to run in memory of. I have FF Timothy McSweeney. This race is tomorrow, July 4 th, 2022. I will be thinking of him during my race and praying for his family. I just wanted you to know. May God Bless you all. Jody Ramatowski.

    – Jody Ramatowski
  14. On 2nd September 2023 i will be climbing 28 floors in structural gear in the 10th annual Melbourne Firefighters Stair Climb in Melbourne Australia. I will be carrying a picture of Tim with me as i climb and i am honoured to be able to do so. Although i never met you as i climb those stairs i will be reflecting on your bravery, your kindness and your service and your name i will never forget.

    – Rachel Morgan
  15. From one McSweeney to another, my respect.

    – Timothy Mcsweeney
  16. I spotted his name on the memorial in Staton Island we share the same birthday and I told myself I will always think of him on this day. Sending warm thoughts to his family. God Bless all the fallen.

    – Sharon Salsman
  17. I walked for Timothy at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this past Saturday in Baltimore. I thought about as I walked what Timothy went through and how he helped others on that day. We will never forget your sacrifice. God Bless Timothy McSweeney.

    – Aaron Shura