National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 50
Year of Death: 2001

Frank J. Callahan

Frank J. Callahan‚ 50‚ captain‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 35. When he joined the FDNY in September 1973‚ Callahan fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter. After 24 years in the FDNY‚ he rose to captain and joined Ladder 35 a few months later. A quiet man‚ Callahan shied away from celebrations‚ preferring to relax at home‚ read about history‚ and‚ most importantly‚ spend time helping to raise his four children.

That job was all he ever wanted.

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  1. On September 11th 2015, I had the privilege to take part in the 9/11 Denver memorial stair climb. In memory of the 343 firefighters who served selflessly that day, myself and several other firefighters attended this event. I climbed in honor of Captain Frank J. Callahan, Ladder 35. It was an absolute honor to climb in his name. I will never forget the firefighters who gave their lives to help others.

    – David Martinez
  2. I participated in the 911 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 13, 2015 and climbed in honor of Captain Frank J. Callahan, Ladder 35. This was an incredible and very emotional experience and one I will strive to do each September to honor those who lost their lives doing their job. God Bless!

    – Deb Rohrkaste
  3. I’ve participated in the 9/11 memorial climb in Sacramento for a couple years. After my first year of carrying Capt. Frank Callahan’s name I insisted on always carrying his name. I have looked online to no avail but I wish I could reach out to his family and tell them how much their father has touched my life and the lives of many others far away from FDNY. Thank you for the honor and privilege

    – Bryan Costello
  4. On September 10th, 2016 I participated in the 911 Memorial Stair Climb in Green Bay, WI. I had the privilege of climbing for Captain Frank J. Callahan, Ladder 35. This was my first climb, but definitely not my last! To be able to say I climbed 110 flights of stairs is one thing, but to say that I did it in honor of a man who, through his selflessness, gave the ultimate sacrifice, is an experience I cannot even put into words. When I signed up, I didn’t think that finishing the climb would even be possible, but with Frank riding shotgun, all my doubts were lifted and I found myself jogging up the stairs! May you never be forgotten! God bless.

    – Shawna Huss-Weber
  5. This morning I participated in the 2016 New Hampshire 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. It was my great privilege to climb in honor of Captain Frank J Callahan of Ladder 35. An honor to be able to participate in this very moving experience. 15 Years may have passed, but we will never forget the sacrifices and lives lost on that day.

    ~Christy Nault

    – Christy Nault
  6. Today my company, (we build fire trucks, )let us pick a persons picture to wear and honor them by ringing a bell once in their name. I chose Capt. Frank J. Callahan. It was a special honor to remember him.

    – Jim Pethan
  7. On September 11, 2016 I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. I had the privilege of climbing in remembrance of Captain Frank J. Callahan. What a moving and touching experience to climb 110 stories in memory of the 343 Firefighters who lost their lives on that crazy day. The sacrifice they gave in the name of our country will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything Frank!

    – Renee Jefferies
  8. On September 11, 2016 I walked in honor of Frank Callahan at a 9/11 Memorial Walk held in Wilmington, DE. My family and I are involved in the volunteer fire service in Delaware, so it was my honor to participate in such a moving event. Thank you to all first responders !

    – Tammy Poppe
  9. On September 9, 2017, I participated in the New Orleans memorial stair climb to honor and remembered the fallen from 9-11-01. I had the honor and privilege to climb in honor of Captain Frank Callahan FDNY L35. It was an extra prideful moment, as I am getting promoted to Captain.

    – Samuel C. Rehage
  10. Today, on September 11th, 2017, I had the honor to climb the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Nevada in Captain Frank Callihan’s honor. Each one of us climbing had someone’s name on their SCBA who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and I was priveledged enough to climb those flights with such a great name on my back. Definitely an experience I will never forget.

    – Kolton Mecham
  11. I went to the middle school upstate where his wife worked. Very sweet woman, very traumatic hearing her cry when the towers collapsed. Bless her and her family and his soul. Every time I go to the memorial (I live in Brooklyn now) I find his name and remember his bravery, of which I’ve read accounts. Bless his soul.

    – Chelsea S Gannon
  12. On September 9th, 2017, I had the honor of running the “Run for the Fallen” 5k in Kronenwetter, Wi in memory of Captain Frank Callahan. It was an incredible honor. Thank you so much for your sacrifice, Captain Callahan. You will never be forgotten.

    – Tyler Stokka
  13. Just a great ‘thank you” for all of you whom keep reaching-out to support, pray, and represent this man, and all of the others from 9-11. You see, Capt. Callahan was my son-in-law’s Dad. FDNY Lt. Harry Callahan married my daughter, Joanna. He is as fine a son as a father could have ever hoped for, and I am VERY proud of my son-in-law Harry, and all of the FDNY/NYPD members. ‘Thanx’ again for remembering Capt. Francis Callahan…forever.

    David M. Colvin
    San Antonio, TX

    – David M Colvin
  14. Today on September 12th 2018, my government class at Patriot High School, in Jurupa Valley, CA, invested our time into delegating ourselves to researching about the fallen firefighters in the 9/11 terror attacks. It is an honor to become more intertwined with Frank Callahan’s story especially. His life and his genuine qualities will continue to be an inspiration to myself and many others. Thank you Captain Callahan. Never Forget.

    – Remington Frank
  15. Today 9/11/19, students at Western Colorado University participated in the climb for Heroes. I had the honor of climbing for Captain Frank Callahan, who sounded like an amazing man from what I’ve read. Thank you Captain Callahan for everything you did for this country and your family! We will never forget you!

    – Courtney McCrimmon
  16. 11 Sep 2020, I was proud to have Captain Callahan’s photo accompany me for the Memorial 5k at Al Dhafra AB. I am grateful to the first resonders for all they do, everyday, to keep us safe.
    May God grant Captain Callahan peace for his sacrifice in the service of others, Ameen.

    – Mike
  17. I bought a FDNY bracelet to help raise funds after 9/11 and was lucky enough to get Captain Callahan’s name. I wear him every year to honor him and everyone that was lost or lost others. ❤️

    Stacey Turis
  18. His wife worked in my middle school. I was there on Sept 11th, in 6th grade. I often think about her and hope she is doing well. I also think about Frank every 9/11 and have visited his name a few times at the memorial.

    – Chelsea Gannon
  19. Thinking of you this week. I played clarinet in high school with your daughter, Nora. My thoughts are with your family. Thank you for your service and for being a hero. <3 I think of you every year on 9/11.

    – Ginger Lagemann
  20. its 9-11-2021 and it is 20 year ago when this all had happened.. I can still remember on the Dutch streets that someone said a plane crashed into the WTC .
    Now at moment of writing a documentary ended and we must remember all the heroes that went into the building to get people in safety.
    Rest in peace hero

    – Frank Kuyl