National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 62
Year of Death: 2001

Robert J. Crawford

Robert J. Crawford‚ 62‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Safety Battalion 1‚ Randalls Island. A 32-year FDNY veteran‚ Crawford often talked about retiring but could never bring himself to do it. Off duty Crawford enjoyed tinkering in his workshop and fund-raising for the cancer hospital St. Rose’s Home. Crawford and his wife have five grown children‚ two of whom are police officers.

Memorial Posts


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  1. 9/11/2016 – Remembering the fallen today. Climbed in Robert J. Crawford’s memory, it was an honor.

    – Tiffany Baker
  2. I want to thank you for the privilege of being able to climb in your honor. It was a very humbling experience. Hope the family is well and safe. God Bless!!

    – Ramona Mathews
  3. It was an honor to climb in honor of Mr Robert J. Crawford’s memory today. It was the most humbling experience. Rest easy sir.

    – Jordan Winningham
  4. It was an honor to climb for Mr. Crawford today. Rest in peace! #neverforget #911 #nyfd #hero

    – Alma Valero
  5. Visited the 9/11 Memorial today for the first time. Your name was the first name I saw and it took my breath away. I did not know you but I felt a connection as Crawford is my maiden name. I had to learn about you and wanted you to know you are not forgotten.

    – Deitra Crawford
  6. It is an honor to be climbing for you. Want to say that this was a humbling experience. From my family to yours. Rest easy Brother.

    – Stephen Hearn
  7. Today in Kansas City I had the honor of climbing in the memory of Firefighter Safety Robert J. Crawford. Rest easy brother. Next year I will be proud to honor you again, sir.

    – Stacy Gash
  8. My husband climbed for Mr. Crawford this weekend. He is honored and privileged to climb each year in Dallas, and tomorrow, we’ll spend extra time reflecting on Mr. Crawford’s sacrifice. Rest easy. We have not, and will never forget.
    The Arriagas, Dallas TX

    – Jessica Arriaga
  9. During the 2017 911 Memorial Ride in Knoxville TN, they had small cards with the names of fallen firefighters for anyone that rode so we could carry them with us.. Further they ask that we keep them with our Bike for year if we were willing. Robert J. Crawford has been with my Bike all this time. I have been to this site a few times over the years, wanting to say something but never found the words. One day, I plan to mail the card I have to his Station. It has been an honor riding with you.

    – Daniel Powers
  10. It’s been 20 years and Tomorrow I climb in your honor Robert Crawford. You will never be forgotten! 9/11/2021

    – Kim Botkin
  11. It’s been 20 years and Tomorrow I climb in your honor Robert Crawford. What a privilege it will be! You will never be forgotten! 9/11/2021

    – Kim Botkin
  12. Good afternoon. I was in New York this weekend for the anniversary of this tragic day. After visiting the reflecting pools, we walked over to #10 house. I was already overcome with grief. I walked along the side of the house…. full of flags, flowers and photos… another level of sadness. I came across a photo of this firefighter…. I gasped! My mother, who passed in ‘93, was a dime collector, and since her death she sends me dimes …. always in the most random places. There on his picture, lay a dime. Tears again. I was hoping that on my trip I would “hear” from her. I am so so happy that this was the place. Maybe she knows that he is with God and he is ok! I came home and looked up his photo in the program from St Patrick’s Cathedral. Firefighter Robert J. Crawford. Thank you for your service…… We honor you. Godspeed! Thanks Mom! I love you!

    – Joyce Wild
  13. I was proud to climb at FDIC 2022 in your honor, sir.
    Rest easy brother.

    – Neil Ferrell
  14. My son named Robert James read aloud the name of Robert James Crawford today at a 9/11 memorial ceremony in Santa Barbara, CA. All victims are being commemorated and remembered today, by those who weren’t even born then. We are grateful for his service and legacy, which lives on decades later.

    – Ariana A