Project 2,996: Remembering Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran
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.”
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November 11, 2001
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.
Bringing People Together
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.
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Hayley Westenra – Ave Maria
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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 …”
The following 111 Westchester citizens lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
William F. Abrahamson
Michael A. Boccardi
Michelle Renee Bratton
Thomas M. Brennan
Jonathan Eric Briley
Mark A. Brisman
Ronald Paul Bucca
Thomas Daniel Burke
Mary T. Caulfield
Alex F. Ciccone
Joan McConnell Cullinan
Patrick W. Danahy
Dwight Donald Darcy
Ali Kassamali Dhanani
John J. Doherty
Paul M. Fiori
Kevin Joseph Frawley
Alan Wayne Friedlander
John Patrick Gallagher
Lt. Charles William Garbarini
Gary Robert Haag
Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran
William Ward Haynes
Thomas Warren Hohlweck, Jr.
Montgomery McCullough Hord
Louis S. Inghilterra
Ariel Louis Jacobs
Arthur Joseph Jones III
Douglas G. Karpiloff
Glenn Davis Kirwin
Richard J. Klares
Gary Edward Koecheler
Denis F. Lavelle
Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey
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
William G. Minardi
Dennis G. Moroney
James A. Oakley
Diana J. O’Connor
Marni Pont O’Doherty
Sean Gordon Corbett O’Neill
Michael B. Packer
Thomas Anthony Palazzo
James N. Pappageorge
William Howard Pohlmann
Hemanth Kumar Puttur
John Armand Reo
Joseph R. Riverso
Gregory E. Rodriguez
Samuel R. Salvo, Jr.
Robert L. Scandole, Jr.
Marisa DiNardo Schorpp
Daniel James Shea
Joseph Patrick Shea
Thomas Sinton III
Rochelle Monique Snell
Joseph P. Spor
John F. Swaine
Sean Patrick Tallon
Michael Andrew Tamuccio
Jeffrey Patrick Walz
Timothy Matthew Welty
William J. Wik
Marc Scott Zeplin
Joseph J. Zuccala
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
“…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.
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