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News - April 2018

The 17th Annual Ray Downey " Forever Running " Memorial 5K Run

Date: Father’s Day, June 17, 2018
Times: 5K, 9:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Knights of Columbus 759 Long Island Avenue Deer Park, NY 11729
Online Registration: Click Here to Register Today
Download Brochure: 2018 Annual Run - Brochure & Application


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

The 2017 Ray Downey " Forever Running " Memorial 5K Run - Results

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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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2017 Race Times / Results / Awards

In Memory of DC Ray Downey

By Samuel Bruchey and Michael Rothfeld newsday.com, 12/16/2001

They braced themselves against metal railings on the cold, clear morning Saturday, hundreds of them, to pay their respects to the New York City firefighter they always knew as a giant, and now the world knows, too.

In the street, Raymond Downey's troops stood saluting him for the last time as the truck from Rescue Company 2 rumbled slowly down Deer Park Avenue.

Then with only his memory to honor, firefighters unloaded a bed of red, white and blue flowers with his helmet resting on top and carried them into the packed Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church. Additional mourners gathered in an adjacent school to watch the memorial service on a large-screened television.

Governor Keating Remembers Fallen New York Fire Hero Who Helped Oklahoma in 1995

I first met Ray Downey late on the night of April 19, 1995, in front of the bleak, bombed-out skeleton of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was rainy and cold, and we were just beginning the awful work of bringing out the dead from the scene of what was, until Tuesday, the worst domestic terror attack in American history.

newsday.com, 12/15/01

NEW YORK -- 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.

Downey, chief of special operations command, was a firefighter for nearly 40 years and was the city's most decorated firefighter at age 63.

Congress has unanimously approved a plan to name the Deer Park, L.I., post office after New York Fire Chief Raymond Downey, who died at the World Trade Center.


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