2,996: September 11, 2001 A Tribute to Lt. John A. Crisci

Lt. John A. Crisci





[Lt. John Crisci]  




September 11, 2001 is a day that lives in our hearts and minds. We all remember where we were that day and what we were doing. My husband had just started a new job in Canada and I was mopping floors before taking my sick child to the doctor. My husband called me with the news that the world as we knew it had changed in an instant. As deeply as this day affected Americans and indeed people around the world, the people most affected were those who lost loved ones on this day etched in our minds.  As part of the 2,996 Memorial, I want to remember one of the people who left us that day.


John A. Crisci was a family man. Actually he had two families. John was first a husband, who for nearly thirty years loved his wife Rachael. Together they raised three fine upstanding boys, John Jr, Michael and Joseph. He was dedicated to his three sons, never pushing them but rather supporting them in all of their endeavors. The boys excelled in sports, school and behind them was their mother and father reinforcing the true value of competition, that friendship and fair play was the reward, not just winning. John wasnÂ’t into fancy vacations, he preferred sitting in his backyard swinging in the swing and drinking coffee.


When you think of John, see a man who loved his children and wife. A man who worked for everything and took nothing for granted. John and his brother, Leonard were born in Brooklyn in a three-room apartment that never had heat in the winter and was always hot in the summer. They lost their father when he passed away in 1968, John was only 15 then and just starting High School, yet he stayed in school and went on to college. JohnÂ’s belief in commitment and responsibility were displayed throughout his life.


Besides being a father, brother, son and husband, John was also a member of the New York Fire Department family for 23 years. John A. Crisci began his life in public service with the New York City Police Department, assigned to the 88th precinct and then the 114th precinct before becoming a NYC Firefighter.


In 1988, a major fire consumed a tenement in NYC’s Harlem area. John was informed that a small child was missing and might be on the sixth floor. He raced into the building, up six flights of stairs, crawled through thick smoke and found the child. With his back to the flames, and the child in his arms, he exited the building down a fire escape to safety. He was honored by the NYC Fire Department with one of its highest awards. He shrugged this off with a typical “What’s the big deal” attitude that he always had.


John A. Crisci loved firefighting and was a rescue specialist and teacher. In 2001, he was working with the Hazardous Materials Company 1 in Maspeth, Queens. His shift was over on September 11, 2001 and he was on his way home when the first plane struck. Instead of going home, he changed back into his gear and jumped on a rig headed for lower Manhattan. Before entering the World Trade Center Tower, he saw a probationary firefighter with an orange shield on the scene. He said, “Go back to that truck and stay there, and don’t move.” John saved that man’s life. Unfortunately, John and 17 other members of the Haz-Mat Co. at Maspeth were lost when the towers collapsed.


John was a hero to his children, to his co-workers and to millions of people around the world. He put others lives before his own, and on the day the towers fell, he was doing what he believed in and what he was trained to do. John was not a man looking to make a name for himself. He was called to serve and to protect. He followed that calling willingly and with joy and conviction. I have no doubt that John now stands in Heaven, still watching over his families. John, on September 11, 2001, you and your two families became linked to the rest of us.  We are sorry that your life ended when and the way it did. But we thank you for your commitment and example. You are a true hero. May God bless and keep your family safe until you can all be together again.


The information in the above tribute came from the following resources:







This is part of a huge blogging effort where one man started a movement to get bloggers involved in remembering the victims of 9/11.  You can read other tributes HERE.

42 thoughts on “2,996: September 11, 2001 A Tribute to Lt. John A. Crisci

  1. Anonymous

    Your tribute is very touching. It is very well written and just by reading your words I can picture a man named John. Thank you for taking the time to honour this man and his family with your tribute.


    Edmonton, AB Canada

  2. cathy

    This was a beautiful tribute to John. Thank you for writing it. If you would like to read mine, it is at….www.arthritisrants.blogspot.com.

  3. Peter T


    Like to invite you for a visit to the “OH HOW SOON WE FORGET” Website at


    It is a support website for the Leaders of the Free World and our Military. It has a lot of interesting information on it plus a Forum where you can also have your say concerning matters on this.

    Thanking you for your time, hoping that you will come for a visit, and would be honoured if you would have time to sign the Guestbook in support.

    Would also be great if you could forward this onto another contact of yours to help support us.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Peter T.

  4. jaminacema

    Thanks so much for posting this and for letting me know about this project. I will be posting mine tomorrow.


  5. Tish

    What a touching, beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing John’s story. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, John.

    I have posted a tribute to Judson Cavalier. You can check it out here.

  6. Anonymous

    What a wonderful tribute. The firefighters on that day were true heros, but of course they are everyday. You did a beautiful job telling who this man was. Thank you.

    I am participating in this endeavor as well and my tribute is posted on my blog.

  7. Anonymous

    Thank you for this glimpse into who John was. He was so much more than just one of the 2,996 innocent lives that was lost on 9/11. John’s family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers as this 5th sadiversary approaches. I pray they feel his presence with them always.

    Rest in Peace John,


    Auntie Lyn

  8. Raggedy

    Wonderful tribute to John!

    These are sad and hard to read….

    I am honored to be a part of this project.

    Mine is posted also…

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort,

    but where he stands at times of challenge

    and controversy. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Bless you…

  9. canadianna

    A lovely tribute . . . every story is different and in reading so many of them today I think I’m learning not to take so much for granted.

  10. Anonymous

    What a kind face he had! Thank you for sharing your beautiful rememberance.

    Jonathon’s Closet remembers Robert Levine.

  11. LadyPoet33

    Wow, I wonder how many of my “friends” did this. I can’t wait to read others posts.

    He was roughly the same age when he lost his father, as I was when I lost my mother (I was 14). What a wonderful tribute!


  12. mistresninos


    You’re the first homeschoolblogger site I came across. I’m reading through all the posts. It will take me a while.

    Very nice tribute. I’m glad you were able to participate. I posted mine at my other blog: http://mistresninos.blog-city.com/derek_o_sword.htm

    Hope you are doing well. I’ve not been around much to read blogs or anything lately ‘cuz I’m rather sick from the baby. Hope to catch up after the first trimester is over some time in October, I think.

    God Bless.



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