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
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.
By Chief Raymond M. Downey, SOC, FDNY FAS.org, (New York, NY), 03/21/98
Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members. My name is Ray Downey and I'm the Chief of Rescue Operations for the Fire Department in the City of New York. First I would like to thank you for holding this hearing today. The Fire Service greatly appreciates the fact that your committee has concerns regarding WMD. The fire service is greatly concerned being first responders that will eventually have to deal with the issues of WMD.
by: Ellen Yan, Washington Bureau, newsday.com, 12/19/01
Washington - A congressional honor for perished rescuers, a new name for a Deer Park post office and an inspiration day won House passage yesterday as local lawmakers continued to respond to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
nytimes.com , 10/22/01
Raymond M. Downey was the battalion chief in charge of special operations in the New York City Fire Department.
Here's his son, Chuck, a fire lieutenant: "Dad joined the Fire Department on April 7, 1962. Coming on in the 60's, they went to a lot of fires. The war years, they termed it. In 1995 he was assigned to Special Operations Command, SOC is the acronym, as chief of rescue operations. . . .
firehouse.com, (New York, NY), 12/16/01
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of firefighters gathered Saturday at a memorial for their fallen colleague Ray Downey, one of three top Fire Department officials lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.