The Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation was created to ensure that we as Americans
“Remember Forever” the fallen frefghters of September 11 and in their memory recognize other
frefghters who demonstrate that same courage and valor in rescue missions.
The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy
Chief Ray Downey, who lost his life while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center
attack on September 11, 2001. Deputy Chief Downey was chief of rescue operations and a 39-year
veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He was the most highly decorated frefghter in the history
of FDNY. Deputy Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many diffcult and complex disasters,
including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural
For his lifetime of unparalleled service to frefghters and citizens alike, and in remembrance of the
courage and valor exemplifed many times throughout his life, it is ftting that the Courage and Valor
Award, presented to one extraordinarily courageous American frefghter each year, bear the name of
Ray Downey, a truly extraordinary man.
Keep the tradition alive —
Nominate your candidate for the 2018 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award now.
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