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News - May 2017

The 16th Annual Ray Downey " Forever Running " Memorial 5K Run

Date :  June 18th, 2017  (Fathers Day)
Time :  9:30 am (9:00am Kids Fun Run)
Location: Knights of Columbus 759 Long Island Avenue Deer Park, NY 11729 
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Dear Friends and Family;

We are getting ready for our 16th Annual Father's Day Run. For those of you that have been there in the past, we would like to thank you for your support.  You know what a great time it is. For those of you that haven't been there, please consider joining us this year.  As many of you know this race is comprised of a small committee of the Downey family and their friends.  Over the years it has grown quit a bit.  In keeping up with the amount of people that attend, we are in need of donations such as food and beverages.  Raffle prizes are also needed - please help to make this an unforgettable event!  If you have a business that can donate a gift certificate, merchandise or monetary gift, it will be greatly appreciated.  If you frequent a specific business or know someone who owns a business and you feel comfortable asking them for a donation please do so.  If you have any contacts that you would like to pass on to us, please let us know.  Not only is it a 5k run/walk, but it is a great way to spend Father's Day; as a memorable family day that includes entertainment for the children with a huge barbeque and drinks for all.  Help us to keep the memory of our hero Dad and all the victims of September 11th alive. We have attached a donation letterhead and a sponsor form. The Deputy Chief Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund is a 501 (c) (3) non for profit organization.  We have donated over $750,000 the last 15 years to many different organizations and provided scholarships. Thank you for your help in making this day another huge success.  

Thanking you in advance for your support!

Joe & Lynn Downey


 

The 2016 Ray Downey " Forever Running " Memorial 5K Run - Results

Overall Results
http://www.start2finish.com/2016/r061916.htm
Age Group
http://www.start2finish.com/2016/a061916.htm
Awards
http://www.start2finish.com/2016/t061916.htm
Age graded
http://www.start2finish.com/2016/g06196.htm
Video Results
https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/?raceId=16799#resultSetId-39598

 

 


The family and friends of Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey extend their sincere thanks for participating in the 15th Annual Deputy Chief Ray Downey Father’s Day Forever Running Memorial Run. Together, we can keep his memory and the memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11 alive.

About Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey
After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East, Ray Downey was appointed to the New York City Fire Department in 1962. Chief Downey’s
phenomenal 39-year career with the FDNY was built upon success after success and rescue after rescue. One of the most decorated men in the department, Chief Downey received five
individual medals for valor and 16 unit citations. Additionally, referred to as “The Master of Disaster” and “God”, Downey, commanding officer of the Special
Operations Command (SOC), died in the line of duty while helping others escape from the fire and collapse scene of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

He was truly a legend in his own time. The Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey Scholarship Charity Fund
All proceeds from the race will benefit the organizations supported by the family of Ray Downey.

 

Scholarship Charity Fund


Affectionately referred to as "The Master of Disaster" and "God," Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey, Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Command (SOC), died in the line of duty, while helping others escape from the fire and collapse scene of the twin towers at the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The fire service was a major force in his life, as evidenced by his sterling career. He truly was a legend in his own time.

As a tribute to Chief Downey's legacy, his family has established the D.C. Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund to keep his memory alive and to benefit the many organizations that Chief Downey cherished.

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2016 Race Times / Results / Awards

In Memory of DC Ray Downey

His memorial service in Deer Park, on Long Island, drew more mourners than other Fire Department memorials in recent weeks. A bagpipe procession down the street was followed by a fire truck that carried a large flower arrangement made to resemble an American flag, with Downey's helmet on top.

Large American flags hung from fire ladders outside the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, where Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani were among the mourners. After the service, a group of children released two bouquets of white balloons into the air.

Downey was an expert on urban search-and-rescue, and led a team of New York City firefighters who responded to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It was his idea to use cables to anchor a giant slab that was dangling from a roof of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, endangering rescuers.

Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating has said Downey, an expert in what firefighters call "collapse rescue," had become a true friend.

Keating said that during his Oklahoma City stay, Downey was more than a helping hand, but also an "inspiration of unrivaled expertise. He was also a man whose beaming smile lightened some dark hours."





 

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