National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 37
Year of Death: 2001

Matthew D. Garvey

Matthew’s life was dedicated to the service of the people of America. Matt enlisted in 1981 at the age of 18. In his 10-year career he would make sergeant and become a squad leader in 2nd Anglico‚ an elite scout team that went into hostile territory ahead of ground troops. He served in Beirut and in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Matthew joined the Fire Department in 1995 and earned his way into the Elite Squad 1 unit‚ based in Park Slope‚ Brooklyn. He was recently accepted to law school‚ was an active marine reservist‚ studied Kung Fu‚ played guitar‚ took photographs‚ climbed to the summit of Mount Rainier‚ and was a rescue instructor for the Fire Department.

His awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals‚ the Good Conduct Medal‚ the Southwest Asia Medal‚ the Reserve Medal‚ the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)‚ the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)‚ and the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. He also earned the Navy/Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia (Gold Jump Wings) and was certified as a Jump Master.

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  1. Matt and I served with 2nd ANGLICO together
    He was a really great guy I am an african-American And he was my brother . His loss is really felt . I now live in Virginia 804-638-8358

    – Harold Brown
  2. I am a firefighter in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. I’ve had the honor of climbing for Matt in the Oklahoma City 9/11 memorial stair climb for the last two years. 343 of us climbed 110 flights of stairs in full bunker gear in honor of the firefighters that we lost. I plan to continue to climb in Matt’s honor and to never forget the 343.

    – Emily Cope
  3. I had the pleasure of being Matt Garvey’s Platoon Sergeant when he was in 1st Battalion 3d Marines Regiment. Matt left the active duty ranks from there to continue a life of dedicated service. No one who knew Matt would be surprised to hear that he had died in active service for his fellow citizens. I thank God to have been able to say I served with the likes of Matt Garvey. Semper Fidelis

    – Matthew Wagner
  4. I walked for you during the Green Bay stair climb. I think you ever year on September 11. Thanks for your service.

    – Angela Sprangers
  5. I never had the chance to meet Matt, this Saturday I will be climbing 110 floors in his honor in San Diego at the 9/11 memorial stair climb. I will hold my head High in honor of this great man !! Much love to the friends and family !!

    – Chris Gallagher
  6. Today, I ran in honor of Matthew D. Garvey in “Run for the Fallen” in WI. It was a true honor to race in his name and to honor a hero. My God Bless his friends and family. Thank you Matthew for your service. It was an honor to run for you today.

    – Samantha Donohoue
  7. Today, 9/7/19, I climbed 22 stores, 7 times each, 152 steps, at the Wells Fargo Towers Bank Building in Roanoke, Va In memory of a brave hero, Matthew D. Garvey. My prayers are for his family, May God’s love continue to surround you going forward and I am thankful for Matthew’s service. ….. Karizma Wofford, age 12

    – Karizma Wofford
  8. I had the honor of climbing for Matthew Garvey in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Columbus Ohio this past weekend. Never forgotten.

    – Morgan Mitchell
  9. I served under you at 6th Comm Battalion. You were exceptional and it was a pleasure to serve under you. God Bless you and Semper Fi!

    – Al Caceres
  10. Today I think of Matthew Garney as I particpate in a Memorial Stair Climb in Wallace, ID. Thank you for your service and blessings to your family.

    – T.Lehto
  11. My son and I walked the 110 floors in a memorial climb in State College, PA today and wore his badge. God Bless his family.

    Lani Chong
  12. Matt was one of my Drill Instructors in FDNY Probie School in the Summer of 2001. We were with him the week before 9/11. Continued Rest In Peace Matt.

    – Marc Dore
  13. Matt Garvey was a magnificent Marine with whom I was fortunate to serve. As his commanding officer at 2nd ANGLICO, I thought he was a Marine of unlimited potential and I tried very hard to convince him to make the Marine Corps his career, but he had a goal that he wanted to achieve and that was to become a firefighter with the Fire Department of New York City. He promised me he would stay in the Marine Corps Reserve which he did and was a Gunnery Sergeant at the time of his passing. A true Renaissance man, Matt inspired all who knew him. I still can’t believe he is gone. A true American hero. RIP and God Bless you brother warrior!

    – Mike Wills
  14. Shortly after 9/11 my company handed out cards with names of people who died at the World Trade Center that day so we could remember and pray for those who were lost and their families. Matthew’s name was on my card. I never had the honor of knowing him, but have visited his placard at Ground Zero and have run the Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers event / fundraiser in NYC in his name. Matthew, thank you for your sacrifice ❤️

    – Lisa Lusby-White
  15. GySgt Garvey and I served together at 6th Comm, Alpha Company, Amityville, NY. I was the I-I Corpsman and Gunny would accompany me when we had our Marines hospitalized for various reasons. He always took care of his Marines.

    – Patrick Soto
  16. My city of Bonita Springs Florida had a memorial today and there where over 300 flags for the 300 firefighters that lost there lives due to 9/11. I happens to pull out Matthew Garvey so I Looked him up and I found this and I think he was Really cool. RIP

    – Tyson Peters
  17. I never met Matthew but had the privilege of running for him today in the Tunnel to Towers run in Swansboro, NC right outside of Camp Lejeune. SEMPER FI Gunny! R.I.P.

    – Bryan Carson
  18. Matt you rotated thru L136 had a few jobs with you. You were cool RIP. Doug Wilson L136

    – Doug Wilson
  19. I had the honor of climbing in Matt’s memory this year at the 2021 9/11 memorial stair climb in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I was assigned his ID card at the beginning of the climb, I am in the military and a group of 500 of us climbed together in remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s friends and family.

    – Kate Benitez
  20. Matt Met when you rotated through L-136&E287. You were a cool guy. Doug Wilson

    – Doug Wilson
  21. Hey man – I have a tag with your photo on it from a 9/11 tribute. We accomplished all 114 fights with added weight. FYI you’re tag is going to summit Mount Rainier once more! Date of climb is tbt. Hooah ~

    – Yours Truly
  22. I had the honor of walking for Matt today in Green Bay at the 911 Memorial Stair Climb. I am so thankful for his service and will never forget.

    – Gina Homan