National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 30
Year of Death: 2001

Hector L. Tirado Jr.

Hector L. Tirado‚ Jr.‚ 30‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 23. A former EMT and Army veteran‚ Tirado was drawn to the FDNY by the opportunity to help people. He was used to challenges and the responsibility of caring for others. After his parents died when he was a teenager‚ Tirado cared for and eventually became legal guardian to his three younger siblings. Later‚ he worked hard raising his own children. Good-looking as well as hardworking‚ Tirado was a part-time model.

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  1. Continue to SIP Hector. God Bless….

    – Sabrina McQueen
  2. We will never forget you’re service. I walked in your honor at the Denver memorial stair climb. Thank you for your sacrifice!

    – Ryan Hansen
  3. I completed the 9/11 memorial stair climb in Mr. Tirado’s honor at FDIC in 2017. The more I read about him, the more I am proud to call him a fellow firefighter. I carry his picture with me every time I go on shift. I will never forget his selfless sacrifice.

    Thank you Hector! I know you are trading stories with you fallen brothers in Heaven.

    – Ryan Rebarcak
  4. Had the honor of taking you to the top today at the Tucson climb for the fallen. Rest in piece brother….you were not forgotten!!!

    – James Padilla
  5. Thank you for your years of service and sacrifice. As a volunteer fireman, I climbed in your honor at Lambeau Field this past weekend. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. God Bless….

    – Bill Otradovec
  6. I was honored to carry you all 110 flights of stairs today for the 2018 Georgia Chapter Memorial Stair Climb. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for all of us.

    – Linda Hill
  7. R.I.P. Uncle Hector…. On this day every year it’s hard for our family. We have your pictures everywhere. Rest easy

    – Maegen Clemente
  8. We will never forget you’re service.
    I completed the 9/11 Memorial Stair Mcallen Stair climb 2018

    – Maria Perez
  9. To those of you who knew Hector Tirado Jr. I want you to know his memory and life is honored and respected. As I write this, it is October 2, 2018, and I just returned from an auction held in Groveport, Ohio. At that auction I purchased the following items that once belonged to Hector and his family. His uniform (fire fighter coat and pants), his helmet, a memorial flag, a memorial teddy bear and a quilt presented to his family made by an auxiliary from Elkhart, Indiana. I did not want the memory of this man to be disrespected, so I went to the auction with the sole purpose of securing these items. All of the items will have a great home and his memory will never fade, but, will be remembered and respected each day. May God bless all of you who knew him. All the best.

    – John Fudala
  10. Hector, I climbed in your honor today in Richmond, VA. Thank you for your sacrifice and rest in God’s arms.

    – Elizabeth Spadea
  11. Extremely nice to my grandfather (a fireman) from England and very kind and patient to my brother who visited the fire station whilst on holiday in NY. I was hugely saddened to hear that Hector had passed away.

    – Sarah
  12. Thanks to all who remember my nephew Hector Luis.He called me the Monday before 911 to take us out to dinner that fateful Tuesday. I still have his message. Essentially, he was a great young man whom we all loved and continue to do so.

    – Roberto Tirado
  13. I have the honor of been in Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1988 and meet Hector as a fellow soldier and trainee a very humble and quiet person. On 10-21-2019 I visited the 9/11 memorial and my visit to New York had different reasons and one was find about Hector. I did find his name on the south side. Tears came down my eyes as a retired veteran and proud member of the Armed forces I salute you brother. RIP

    – Mario colon ft benning 1988
  14. I remember our conversations at the Emergency Room where I worked and you as an EMT brought in patients in need. You were kind, ambitious and an overall great guy. It’s been so long but I remember your sweet smile. I will honor your memory, by never forgetting.

    – Jessica
  15. I knew Hector pretty well. I worked with him before he joined the FDNY. He was a terrific person. His son is now older than Hector was when he died. Hard to believe.

    – John Bader
  16. SIP Héctor Tirado JR.
    Your Bravery will never be forgotten
    Thank for your Service not only in the Military but Also in the FDNY
    You made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save others.
    You are with our Lord now. †

    – Rosie
  17. I had the honor of carrying your name and memory to the top at the 9-11 Memorial Stair climb in St Louis Mo for the 20th anniversary of Sept 11. R.I.P. brother.

    – Danny Gray Jr
  18. 20 years today you sacrificed your life to help others. You will never be forgotten.

    – Maria Luna-Dragon
  19. Walked 110 flights in your honor it’s the Salt River Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Climb in Arizona. Bless your family and Rest In Peace. We will never forget your service.

    – Bianca
  20. Mr. Tirado Jr. I climbed in your honor on 9/11/21 at LMCU park in Michigan. You and the rest of of the 342 will never be forgotten for making the ultimate sacrifice.

    – Dan J Duffy
  21. Hector
    I was honored to carry you thru a 5K run in Lake Zurich IL. Thank you for your service your story is inspiring.

    – Brian MCGill
  22. Finished the 9/11 stair climb in Hector’s honor. RIP

    – Miki