Dear Friends and Family;
We are getting ready for our 17th 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!
The Downey Family
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.
Some things you learn about people only after they've gone. For the family of Raymond Downey, the manila folder was like that.
Downey headed the New York City Fire Department's special operations command and was one of the most decorated firefighters in the city. From his ruddy complexion to his habit of running into smoky buildings without a mask, Downey seemed to many of his colleagues to represent the very essence of what it meant to be a firefighter - so much so that some of them jokingly called him "God."
by: Marsha Kranes, nypost.com, 12/15/01
The life of Chief Ray Downey, the most decorated firefighter in the land, will be celebrated today at a memorial service attended by top dignitaries and thousands of firefighters from all parts of the United States.
Downey, deputy chief of Special Operations for the FDNY and a nationally recognized expert in rescue and recovery efforts, was lost in the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Among the dignitaries traveling to Deer Park, L.I., to pay tribute to the 39-year FDNY veteran are Gov. Pataki, Mayor Giuliani and Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.
Pataki, in the eulogy he's prepared for the memorial, praises Downey as a hero among heroes:
By: Oliver Libaw and Kristie Kiernan, ABCNEWS.com, 10/23/2001
The pin - a guardian angel wearing a fireman's helmet - was a gift from New York City Deputy Fire Chief Ray Downey to his wife Rosalie, a present for their 40th wedding anniversary last April.
"When he saw this angel pin with a fire helmet he knew she would love it and bought it for her," says Ray's daughter Marie Tortorici, adding that her father bought matching pins for her, her sister Kathy and her three sisters-in-law.