National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 43
Year of Death: 2001

William E. McGinn

William E. McGinn‚ 43‚ lieutenant‚ FDNY‚ Squad 18. An 18-year FDNY veteran‚ McGinn was deeply involved with his community and the Riverdale school attended by his two children. On September 11‚ he had planned to attend a charity event for the New York-Cornell burn center – an event that he had helped organize.

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  1. Forever in our hearts, our dear Billy.

    – Anne Golden
  2. I was honored to complete the 911 stair climb in memory of Lt. McGinn at Lambeau Field today. He was a hero and my god bless his family.

    – Ann Nehring
  3. An honor to march in this man’s memory in Arizona. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

    – Lance Fried
  4. On September 8, 2018, I had the privilege of participating in the Charlotte, NC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. I had the honor of wearing my tag,William E. McGinn, Lieutenant, Squad 18. It was emotional to feel the ambiance in the stairwells.

    Many firefighters, EMS, Sheriff Deputies, Marines, Army, Police Officers and many many more in front and behind my team as we climbed each set of stairs in honor of our fallen brothers and sisters. We are so grateful to the families who supported their loved ones in the jobs they loved as firefighters, emergency workers, police and medical fields. Thank you for letting them serve us, even today from Heaven.

    – Teresa Ross
  5. I had the honor of carrying LT McGinn’s name for our 911 memorial at the Virginia Military Institute along with both my first responder brothers and sisters and those in the armed services. “Rest easy brother, we will take it from here.”

    – Bree Richmond
  6. It was my first year doing the 9/11 stair climb in honor of the fallen firefighters. On 9/11 17 years ago I remember to this day where I was and what I was doing. Just a little girl in 3rd grade practicing math problems. Not knowing what was happening or really understanding excatly what was happening. For the last 16 years everyone please remember take the time to remember. I never slowed down in life or took the time to think about all those people. Wearing red white and blue for what really? To be honest it never really crossed my mind it was just the day to remember what had happened. As I did the stair climb at Lambeau Field on 9/22/2018 at 26 years old, for the first time in 17 years it really hit me. I climb because they climbed. The men and women that went into the towers to save other people. They didn’t think twice. This is a day in history that will never forget! The badge I got was William E. McGinn. I climbed to remember him. I prayed for his family while climbing. I prayed for him! I climbed because he climbed!!

    – Alana lambert
  7. I was honored to complete the 2018 9/11 memorial stair climb in memory of Lt. McGinn at Lambeau Field. Bless his heart and bless his family. Rest easy brother, we’ll take it from here.

    – Jordan
  8. Today I was honored to complete the 2019 9/11 memorial stair climb in Columbia, MO and I carried Lt. William McGinn with me. He was a hero and will be remembered in our hearts. “Rest easy brother, we’ll take it from here”.

    – Ginny
  9. Climbing today for William and all LODD. Farewell Brother see you on the top floor.

    – Jim Gaulke
  10. I am a firefighter in Tucson, AZ & I will be climbing tomorrow 9/11/19 in honor of William McGinn. It will be a privilege to do so & his family and the FDNY will be in my thoughts & prayers.
    Much love,

    – Jennifer LaCoss
  11. ✝️ .

    My Father also a Firefighter of 31 years (Ret) was named William McGinn

    – David McGinn
  12. For the 2019 StairClimb in Montgomery, Alabama, I wore McGinn’s badge. I didn’t select him; he “selected” me. As I ran my hand over the hundreds of badges, I stopped at his. I still carry that badge today. McGinn goes with me wherever I go… To the station, to schools, to structure fires, to MVAs… everywhere. You are not forgotten, William

    Merle Bobzien