Project 2,996: Remembering Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran

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Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran


“…Her husband, Vincent Halloran, a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, died as he was attempting to save lives in the World Trade Center. He was 43 and she was pregnant with their sixth child, their only daughter, who was born on what would have been their 16th wedding anniversary.
The little girl, Phaelan, ran through the living room recently, still wet from a swim in a lake, and gave her mother a squishy hug. She seems like any happy little girl but has weighty concerns others do not.
At her fourth birthday party, Phaelan asked “if her daddy would be coming this year,” Marie Halloran recalled, shutting her eyes to hold back emotion. “She doesn’t quite understand that she will never see him.”
“Sept. 11 has become a catchphrase and frame of reference,” she said. “For us, there is life before and life after. The memory of that day has become something we live with every day.”


Remembering The 9/11 First Responders–Videos

Tribute to The FDNY Firefighter during 9/11

A Tribute to the 9/11 Firefighters

Judy Collins – Kingdom Come (Tribute to 9/11 Firemen)

JUDY COLLINS – “Danny Boy” 2000

Hayley Westenra – Never Say Goodbye

November 11, 2001

I live near Union Square, the site of so many posters in the wake of the WTC tragedy. All of them quickly became a blur in my mind, all except one attached to a fence near East 16th Street. It read, “Lt. Vincent Halloran, NYFD. Hang On, Vinny.” That was it. No photograph, no decorations, just a simple handdrawn poster that will remain in my memory forever. I never knowingly met Lt. Halloran, of blessed memory, but from now on whenever I need some self-encouragement, his name and “Hang On, Vinny” will get me focused on the task at hand. May his memory be a blessing for his entire family and fellow firemen.

~ alan forman, nyc, New York

September 15, 2002

Our grade school children at St. Joseph Catholic Church made crosses for each person who died on 9-11 with their name. Our priest asked that each person after Mass this weekend take a cross and place the cross in our prayer book. The cross I chose was Vincent’s. I will have a mass said in his memory and will continue to pray for your family.

~ Pierce Smith, II, Huntington, West Virginia

September 17, 2003

Hello, my name is Dana Taureck and I’m 16. I live in a little town in NJ not far from NYC. I’m a volunteer firefigther for my town and currently the only female on the team. For Christmas, my mom gave me a 9.11 memorial bracelet that has firefighter/emergency personell names on them. On mine is Lt. Vincent G. Halloran. I feel honored to carry this name wherever I go. My prayers are with his family and him everyday and every now and then I look down at the bracelet and think to myself: “I want to be just like him. A hero.”

~ Dana Taureck, East Brunswick, New Jersey

September 11, 2004

Dear Halloran Family,
I will always remember Vinnie. We grew up together on 48th Avenue in Flushing. He was such a funny and especially nice person. He made everyone feel special. I especially remember how he made my father laugh. Vinnie was friends with my brother so he be at my house a lot. Sometimes up to some mischief. My father, who had a hot temper, always ended up laughing at what Vinnie did instead of getting mad. I often vision Vinnie and my father, Pat Heffernan laughing together in Heaven. God Bless you and your family. My prayers are with you.
Ronnie Heffernan Gunn

~ Ronnie Gunn, Bellerose, New York

March 10, 2005

Hello I am Ed Samulski, a firefighter from Hadley Mi. I and 3 other FF from my dept ran in the 04 Brother for Brother, Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. My dept had the great honor of representing Lt Halloran in the run. I have just signed up our dept for the 05 run. I have requested that we are able to honor Vincent’s memory again this year. Our dept and this great nation mourn his loss. To Marie and the children, God bless and I hope you are all doing well.

~ edward samulski, hadley, Michigan

September 11, 2006

Hey Vince,
I was just talking to my mom about you today- about when I was little and we used to go out for Ice Cream. Those were the good old days. Hope heaven is a blast 🙂

~Kylie Hartnett, Scottsdale, Arizona

July 31, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!
~ Doug Abraham, Livonia, Michigan

September 10, 2008

Dear Halloran family,
I’m making my 9-11 Memorial again with an addition this year. We found a wire creation of the twin towers, and then I have my FDNY firetruck with a big flag sticking out of it. Then I print out photos from the CNN site and Mr. Halloran is the first one I always print out. Then Mr. Tom Burnett. Then I point and click and print. Then I add red / white / blue roses and any other roses we have from the garden. Usually I do this @ work, but I am unemployed again this year as I was on 9-11-01. God Bless you Halloran family and all the families who so suffered their loss on 9-11-01. I still pray for the souls in purgatory who lost their lives on 9-11-01 and whenever I see a 9-11 in print or on the clock I pause for a moment.

~ Judy Sicora, Minnesota

July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Vince.

~ karen s vogler, winchester, Virginia

Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran

5 Children, No Problem

A lot of firefighters have second jobs. Vincent Halloran had a nonpaying but extraordinarily rewarding second job in his children. He and his wife, Marie, had five of them (she is expecting a sixth on May 17, their wedding anniversary). Around the firehouse, some of his colleagues would say, “I can hardly handle my two kids. How do you do it with five?”

He would just laugh. He did just fine with five. He had a cool demeanor that left him unruffled if one of the kids was crying while another was running his toy truck over his foot and one of the others had to eat, and eat immediately.

Lieutenant Halloran, 43, who was with Ladder Company 8 in TriBeCa and lived with Mrs. Halloran and the children in North Salem, N.Y., took it all in stride. He ran the house, as his wife put it, like a camp. There was a wide age range — Jake, 15, Conor, 13, Aidan, 12, Kieran, 9, and Declan, 2 — but he arranged activities for all of them.

They’d go fishing, boating, camping, swimming. Crowded as these activities could get, when Lieutenant Halloran took the children camping, he told each of them to invite a friend along. If that wasn’t enough, during the summer, the Hallorans welcomed children from Ireland to stay with them, further swelling their ranks. “What can I say,” Mrs. Halloran said. “He just loved kids.”
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 29, 2001.

HALLORAN-Vincent Gerard. Of North Salem NY, was lost in the line of duty while serving as a Lieutenant for the New York City Fire Department at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was 43. Beloved husband of Marie and a devoted and loving father to his sons Jake 15, Conor 13, Aidan 12, Kieran 9, and Declan 2. Another child is due in May. As a Lieutenant, he was deployed to lead his men in the evacuation of the North Tower. As a true hero, he placed his men’s lives, and those of countless others, before his own. He began his career as a firefighter at Engine 262 in Astoria, Queens and later served at Engine 43 in the Bronx prior to being assigned to Ladder 8 in NYC, as a Lieutenant. He celebrated his twentieth year with the FDNY on September 5, 2001. He was born in Flushing, NY to Joseph and M. Alice Halloran in 1958. Vincent attended St. Kevin’s Parochial School, St. Francis Prepartory School and took various courses at the City College of New York, the New York Institute of Technology and the Empire State College. In addition to his wife and children, Vincent is survived by his mother, M. Alice of Flushing and his siblings, Maureen, Terence, Patricia and James, their spouses and children. He will also be greatly missed by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Ernest and Theresa Parkanzky of Van Wert Ohio, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan, Karen, Connie, Paul and John, their spouses and children. He is predeceased by his father Joseph who passed away in 1991. Vincent will be remembered by those who knew him and loved him as a man who showed his care and concern for all he met, who graced others with his overwhelming generosity, who proudly displayed his love for children and as a man who always shared his brilliant smile and love of life. If we follow his example, we too can make a difference. In lieu of flowers, your contribution to the UFA Widows’ and Children’s Fund or the Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise (Mount Kisco) in Vincent’s name would be greatly appreciated. A Memorial Mass will be held on November 9, 2001 at 9:30AM at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, NY NY. Gone but not forgotten.

Paid notice published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 7, 2001.
“We try to dwell on what we have, not what we lost. I really do believe you have to live your life so you don’t have regrets. Be kind to others, help others, give back. Be a good person,” she said. “If I knew what was going to happen, I would not remake any decision.”

~Marie Halloran

Finding Hope

Bringing People Together

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Judy Collins – Turn Turn Turn

Hayley Westenra – Ave Maria

Amazing Grace (without choir) by Judy Collins 

Judy Collins – Amazing Grace (LYRICS + FULL SONG)

Hayley Westenra – Amazing Grace (Live)

Amazing Grace – Hayley Westenra (a cappella) in Christchurch NZ

Background Articles and Videos

Project 2,996: Remembering The Victims of 9/11

“…9/11/09 will mark 8 years since the attacks of Word Trace Center I and II, The Pentagon, Shanksville, American Airlines Flights 11 & 77, and United Airlines Flight 93 & 175.

On that day 2,996 people were ripped from their lives. But as the media and society tend to do, they have focused on the killers. We’ve all learned more about them than we wanted to. On that day many of us made a pledge to never forget what happened.

The bloggers listed below are trying to keep that promise by learning about the people who died that day. Use the list below to visit their sites and read about the people they have chosen to remember. …”

Firefighter’s family learns to keep going

“She has always been strong and able to handle a large family,” said Holler, who was Halloran’s roommate at Ohio University and who is also married to a firefighter. “She has gotten great strength from her family and is trying to create new traditions that honor the wonderful memory of Vinnie. She keeps things moving along.”

Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran

 Lieutenant Vincent G. Halloran Street

“…The street sign at North Moore and Varick now reads “Lieutenant Vincent G. Halloran Street”—newly named for the Ladder 8 firefighter who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

Halloran, who was 43 and a 20-year veteran of the fire department, led Ladder 8 into the north tower on Sept. 11.

“When the order came for Ladder 8 to get out of the building, he was on the 30th floor,” said Lt. Larry Mack. “Ladder 8 made it out, but he probably stopped to help someone.” It was a tragic “last act of compassion” for a man known around the firehouse as someone who would go the extra mile, even for a stranger, Mack said.

The sign was the first co-naming of a street in Lower Manhattan for a victim of the terrorist attack….”

911 Firefighter Heroes

by Kevin Caruso

“We lost 343 firefighter heroes on September 11, 2001.

We thank them, remember them, and honor them for their courage, strength, and commitment.

These outstanding heroes pledged to and serve us; and they did so with great courage and honor on 911.

These firefighter angels are now in Heaven.

When the Twin Towers were on fire and people were fleeing to safety, our hero firefighters ran TO the fire.

That is what heroes do…they run to danger in order to help us.

And there was no hesitation on the part of these heroes from the New York Fire Department; NYFD firefighters are among the greatest firefighters in the world.

The entire nation is still in awe of what these heroes did for us on 911.

Their sacrifice is immeasurable.

Just mention “New York Fire Department” to people and you will see the respect and love that exists for these great heroes.

America is very proud of these heroes.

We miss them.

We love them.

And we will never forget them. …”

Always Remember..Never forget

New York City Fire Department

“…The FDNY lost 340 uniformed firefighters, two retired members, the chaplain, and two paramedics. One member of the New York City Fire Patrol was killed. There were 75 firehouses in which at least one member was killed. …”


46 lieutenants were killed.

  • Brian G. Ahearn, 43, Engine 230
  • Gregg Arthur Atlas, 44, Engine 10
  • Steven Bates, 42, Engine 235
  • Carl John Bedigian, 35, Engine 214
  • John A. Crisci, 48, Haz-Mat 1
  • Edward A. D’Atri, 38, Squad 1
  • Andrew Desperito, 43, Engine 1
  • Kevin W. Donnelly, 43, Ladder 3
  • Kevin Dowdell, 46, Rescue 4
  • Michael Esposito, 41, Squad 1 (posthumous Captain)
  • Michael N. Fodor, 53, Squad 1
  • Peter L. Freund, 45, Engine 55
  • Charles William Garbarini, 44, Battalion 9
  • Vincent Francis Giammona, 40, Ladder 5 (posthumous Captain)
  • John F. Ginley, 37, Engine 40
  • Geoffrey E. Guja, 49, Battalion 43
  • Joseph Gullickson, 37, Ladder 101
  • Vincent Gerard Halloran, 43, Ladder 8
  • Harvey Harrell, 49, Rescue 5
  • Stephen G. Harrell, 44, Battalion 7
  • Michael K. Healey, 42, Squad 41
  • Timothy Higgins, 43, Special Operations
  • Anthony Jovic, 39, Battalion 47
  • Ronald T. Kerwin, 42, Squad 288
  • Joseph Gerard Leavey, 45, Ladder 15
  • Charles Joseph Margiotta, 44, Battalion 22
  • Peter C. Martin, 43, Rescue 2
  • Paul Richard Martini 37, Engine 201
  • William E. McGinn, 43, Squad 18 (posthumous Captain)
  • Paul Thomas Mitchell, 46, Battalion 1
  • Dennis Mojica, 50, Rescue 1
  • Raymond E. Murphy, 46, Ladder 16
  • Robert B. Nagel, 55, Engine 58
  • Daniel O’Callaghan, 42, Ladder 4
  • Thomas O’Hagan, 43, Battalion 4
  • Glenn C. Perry, 41, Ladder 25
  • Philip Scott Petti, 43, Battalion 7
  • Kevin Pfeifer, 42, Engine 33
  • Kenneth Phelan, 41, Engine 217
  • Michael Quilty, 42, Ladder 11
  • Robert M. Regan, 48, Ladder 118, ID’ed 1/1/2002, son Brendan, wife Donna
  • Michael Thomas Russo, Sr., 44, Special Operations
  • Christopher P. Sullivan, 39, Ladder 111
  • Robert Francis Wallace, 43, Engine 205
  • Michael Warchola, 51, Ladder 5
  • Glenn E. Wilkenson, 46, Engine 238  …”

Memorial Honorees

The following 111 Westchester citizens lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

William F. Abrahamson
Kazuhiro Anai
Sharon Balkcom
Yelena Belilovsky
George Bishop
Michael A. Boccardi
Michelle Renee Bratton
Thomas M. Brennan
Jonathan Eric Briley
Mark A. Brisman
Lloyd Brown
Ronald Paul Bucca
Thomas Daniel Burke
Mary T. Caulfield
Alex F. Ciccone
Helen Crossin-Kittle
Joan McConnell Cullinan
Patrick W. Danahy
Dwight Donald Darcy
Simon Dedvukaj
Simon Suleman
Ali Kassamali Dhanani
John J. Doherty
Paul M. Fiori
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Kevin Joseph Frawley
Alan Wayne Friedlander
John Patrick Gallagher
Lt. Charles William Garbarini
Peter Gelinas
Kieran Gorman
Yugi Goya
Gary Robert Haag
Richard Hall
Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran
Nobuhiro Hayatsu
William Ward Haynes
Katsuyuki Hirai
Thomas Warren Hohlweck, Jr.
Montgomery McCullough Hord
Louis S. Inghilterra
Ariel Louis Jacobs
Arthur Joseph Jones III
Douglas G. Karpiloff
Satoshi Kikuchihara
Takashi Kinoshita
Glenn Davis Kirwin
Richard J. Klares
Gary Edward Koecheler
Vanessa Langer
Denis F. Lavelle
Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey
Michael Lepore
Richard Dennis Lynch, Jr.
Michael J. Lyons
Katie Marie McCloskey
John Thomas McErlean
Francis Noel McGuinn
Michael Edward McHugh, Jr.
Barry J. McKeon
Robert C. McLaughlin, Jr.
Christopher D. Mello
Yamel Merino
William G. Minardi
Krishna Moorthy
George Morell
Dennis G. Moroney
Takuya Nakamura
Soichi Numata
James A. Oakley
Diana J. O’Connor
Amy O’Doherty
Marni Pont O’Doherty
Samuel Oitice
Sean Gordon Corbett O’Neill
Christopher Orgielewicz
Michael B. Packer
Thomas Anthony Palazzo
James N. Pappageorge
William Howard Pohlmann
Hemanth Kumar Puttur
Valsa Raju
John Armand Reo
Joseph R. Riverso
Gregory E. Rodriguez
Edward Ryan
Tatiana Ryjova
Samuel R. Salvo, Jr.
Eric Sand
Robert L. Scandole, Jr.
Marisa DiNardo Schorpp
Daniel James Shea
Joseph Patrick Shea
Thomas Shubert
Allan Shwartzstein
David Silver
Thomas Sinton III
Rochelle Monique Snell
Robert Speisman
Joseph P. Spor
Timothy Stout
John F. Swaine
Sean Patrick Tallon
Michael Andrew Tamuccio
Kenichiro Tanaka
Joanna Vidal
Jeffrey Patrick Walz
Timothy Matthew Welty
William J. Wik
Marc Scott Zeplin
Ivelin Ziminski
Joseph J. Zuccala

“The Rising”
Westchester County’s September 11th Memorial


Bloggers needed for 2,996 Project

By Michelle Malkin

“…Longtime readers will remember the wonderful 2,996 Project honoring the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The project is gearing up for this year’s event and needs your help.

Katie Favazza is helping spread the word. Please click here to sign up, participate, and spread the word. …”

Project 2,996: Honoring John J. Chada

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 11, 2009 07:51 AMchada

“…I am participating in Project 2,996, the blogosphere’s tribute to those murdered on 9/11 eight years ago today.

My honoree is John J. Chada. He was 55 and a civilian employee for the U.S. Army. Chada lived in Manassas, Va., and was killed at the Pentagon. He worked in the Information Management Support Center as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. He is survived by his wife.

The Virginia House of Delegates honored him with a resolution in 2002:

Celebrating the life of John J. Chada.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 7, 2002
Agreed to by the Senate, February 14, 2002

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, terrorists launched a violent attack on the United States, causing great destruction and horrible human suffering in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, the attack had a devastating effect in Virginia, home of the Pentagon and of many of the personnel, military and civilian, who served there; and

WHEREAS, among the victims of the Pentagon attack was John J. Chada of Manassas, an administrative assistant for the Department of Defense Information Management Support Center; and

WHEREAS, retired from the United States Army, John Chada served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and during his long military career served in both the United States Army and the United States Navy; and

WHEREAS, a devoted family man, John Chada was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge in Manassas, which he served as president, governor, junior governor, and many other offices; and

WHEREAS, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, John Chada was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the American Legion; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly note with sadness the loss of John J. Chada, a victim of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of John J. Chada as an expression of the heartfelt condolences of the General Assembly of Virginia.

We will never forget.


Bring People Together: Project 2,996

9/11 Memorial Service for Firefighters

 Hayley Westenra – Danny Boy

Hayley Westenra – Amazing Grace (With Lyrics)

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Project 2996–Remembering A Life Ended On 9/11 With A Post On Your Blog Or Web Site–Call For Volunteers

Remembering September 11, 2001

Remembering September 11, 2001–Duty, Honor, Country–Your Rallying Point

Remembering September 11, 2001 On The Eighth Anniversary

Judy Collins–Videos

The Voice of An Angel–Hayley Westenra–Videos

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What a touching tribute to this hero! I feel so honored to be part of this project.

So do I.

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