National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 45
Year of Death: 2001

Samuel P. Oitice

Samuel Oitice‚ 45‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 4. A life-long Peekskill resident‚ Oitice worked there as a policeman before joining the FDNY. He was also a member of the Peekskill Volunteer Fire Department. A devoted father of two children‚ Oitice was active in the local schools. He gave fire safety talks and founded a roller hockey team for teenagers. The Peekskill school district has established a scholarship fund in Oitice’s name.

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  1. A brother firefighter who will never be forgotten.

    – Firefighter Walker Foutch
  2. I recently visited the 9/11 site and as I left with a feeling of emotion stronger than I imagined .. I went to the Memorial store. I saw bracelets there and took one. It had the name FF Samuel Oitice. I immediately purchased it and placed it on my wrist. I am back in South Africa now … The bracelet remains on my wrist. I never met Mr Oitice but am proud to wear his name and remember his sacrifice on that fateful day. It will remind me in my own life of what life means and how fortunate I am to be here and appreciate my family so much more. Thank you Samuel for your selflessness and sacrifice and you will be part of my life even though I never met you. Richard de Waal, aged 45. Married and father of 2.

    – Richard de Waal
  3. I participated in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on September 10, 2016, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The badge I was given was Samuel Oitice. I climbed 110 floors for him and his sacrifice. Thank you Samuel Oitice for your service. You are now a part of my family and my husband’s firefighter family. We will remember you and promise never to forget.

    – Karen Irish
  4. My son (24 now) and I have been participating in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on September 11 for the last three years at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado. At the last two stair climbs, they provided us with “tags” to represent the firefighters for whom we climb. Prior to that, we didn’t receive a tag but did receive a photo and name. My son, who was a firefighter with Wellington Fire Protection District until this week and begins at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority next week recently gave me the information on that first firefighter for whom he climbed – Samuel Oitice – in hopes that I could graphically design a tag so it would match the other two. He wants to continue to honor those who gave all on 9/11. I just finished making the tag and wanted his family, friends and his brothers and sisters in the fire service to know that someone is still climbing and, in the case of my son Ryan, working – in memory of Firefighter Oitice. God bless him… his family and loved ones. Never, ever forgotten.

    – Lisa Nelson
  5. I carried your memory card during a memorial 5K in Idaho Falls, ID on 9/08/18. Thank you for your service. -Jim

    – Jim
  6. September 22 2018 I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field. To the family and friends of FF Oitice I am proud to have worn a badge in honor of his memory. Age 42, married and father of 2. 2nd generation volunteer in a small town in Wisconsin while my wife is a volunteer EMT. We will never forget the sacrifice of our brothers and sisters.

    – Aaron Dollevoet
  7. that’s my grandfather

    – alexa
  8. Year number two in participating in the 9/11 Memorial Climb at Lambeau. I was given a new badge for another member of the 343. but I reminded myself that this event is to honor the all the fallen. So along with my new badge I donned my previous years badge of Samuel to show that I will not forget. 9-9-19

    – Aaron Dollevoet
  9. R.I.P. Mr Oitice from the Morris” of Peekskill

    – Rhonda Morris
  10. Sammy… you are missed and remembered. You would be so proud of your kids! A few years back your old house in the neighborhood caught fire. Flames were shooting through the kitchen wall outside to the roof. Smoke engulfed the building. When the trucks came…. the first firefighter who crawled low into the house was your son, Johnny, He helped save your old house for the new family. Rest easy. You and Jean did well.

    – Kathy Dale
  11. Running the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers 5K today, the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The badge I am honored to run with is Samual Otice’s. Thank you for your sacrifice, you are not forgotten.

    – Luanne Horton
  12. This year, I had the Honor of taking an ID and the memory of Firefighter Samuel Oitice to the top of 110 flights of stairs in the Denver 911 stair climb. I spent the evening after reading up on Firefighter Oitice to learn who he was and to Never Forget. I shared the story of Firefighter Oitice with my wife and two children so that his sacrifice is not forgotten, and that his memory will live for an eternity. It was an extreme Honor to climb in the memory of Firefighter Oitice. You are gone, but Never Forgotten.

    – Daniel Snelling
  13. I had the pleasure of working with Sammy at PPD. Sam had a great sense of humor, and we would often exchange in comic relief over police matters. An honor to have known him.

    – Anthony Viola
  14. Sam was my dad’s friend and coached my brother and me in hockey. I am a teacher now. Every year on 9/11 I give a brief talk about how students will encounter tragedy on the news and in their lives and in those moments they should look for the heroes. This is partially cribbed from Mr. Rogers, but I think it helps kids process fear of the unknown. I am always sure to say Sam’s name and talk about him as one of the many heroes on a terrifying day.

    – Jimmy Hirsch