National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 28
Year of Death: 2002

Timothy J. Lynch

Submitted by his wife

Timothy J. Lynch ‘TJ’ was a 28-year-old career firefighter/paramedic‚ at the Fayetteville Fire Department. TJ died on March 7‚ 2002 while battling a house fire in Pompey‚ NY. He worked full-time at the Fayetteville Fire Department‚ part-time for the Tully Fire Department and was a volunteer for the Kirkville and Manlius Fire Department. He worked at Rural/Metro Medical services as a paramedic for seven years. TJ was also a special Deputy for the Sheriff’s Department. He worked as a firefighter/paramedic most of his life and believed that being a firefighter was not just a job – it was a privilege and an honor.

TJ was very active in the Fayetteville Fire Department and was on the safety committee. He graduated from Onondaga Community College and finished his last 2 years at Lemoyne College. When TJ was not working he enjoyed hunting‚ camping‚ biking and scuba diving. He was also a licensed Ham radio operator. He enjoyed spending family time with his wife and son.

TJ always thought of others and not himself and gave the ultimate sacrifice for his community on March 7‚ 2002. TJ will be remembered everyday by all who love him as a role model who embodied the best of humanity – courage‚ strength of character‚ high ideals and a radiant strong vitality for life.

He is survived by his wife Donna and son Philip.

A Memorial Scholarship was established in TJ’s name for students interested in Fire Sciences and becoming Career Fire Fighters.

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  1. Just missing you.

    – Jeremy
  2. I recently joined the Fayetteville fire department as an exterior probationary firefighter. I respect all of the firefighters that died in the line of duty. I am honored that I am in the Fayetteville fire department. I hope to stay in the department for many years to come.

    – Colin Beirne (FFD)
  3. 16 years ago on the 7th, rest in peace TJ, we will never let his memory fade from FFD.

    – Bradley Hudson
  4. TJ-
    I can’t believe it’s been 16 years since you were lost in the line of duty. We weren’t close as adults but you were a childhood friend and I remember we used to play and wear our raincoats and plastic fire hats to “fight the fires” when we played outside. You’re dearly missed my friend. God Bless.

    – Carrie Eddy
  5. Man,
    I still remember where I was that fateful night, nineteen years ago tonight. I remember the water supply issues and everything…I especially remember Chief Chet saying, “someone is going to die tonight.” Little did we know it was going to be you and Gino.

    Hope you’re enjoying life upstairs because we certainly miss you down here.

    Keep looking down on your family no matter where we ended up

    God bless

    – Joshua Ferrara