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News - April18th 2016

The 2016 Ray Downey " Forever Running " Memorial 5K Run
Date :  June 19th, 2016  (Fathers Day)
Time :  9:30 am
Online Registration :   Click Here to Register Today

Pre-Registration (Received by June 13th)
It is strongly recommended to pre-register. First 2,000 to register only, no exceptions.
• 5K: Online-Early Bird Special from April 1st - April 30th - $20
• 5K: Regular Price from May 1st - June 16th: Online - $22, Mail-In - $25
• 5K: Students 18 and under - $20
• Attending event, unable to run/walk, but will participate in barbeque/raffle
and entitled to a t-shirt/gift bag: $20
• Online registration available at
https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/DeerPark/RayDowney5KStart To Finish Corporation

Pre-Registration Packet Pick-up
• Available on June 18, 2016 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM At Knights of Columbus
Deer Park. (Pre-Registrants only)

Registration, Day of Race
• 5K: $30 (Registration: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Absolutely no registration after this time.)
• Attending event, unable to run/walk, but will participate in barbeque/raffle
and entitled to a t-shirt/gift bag: $25
• Kids Fun Run, 12 and under: No fee (Registration: 8 to 9 a.m.)
• Pre-registration and day of registration numbers can be picked up from
7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at The Knights of Columbus.

Race Amenities
• Medals to all Kids Fun Run participants
• SCPD, DPFD and EMTs and paramedics
• Children’s entertainment • DJ and music
• 5K (3.1 miles) fast and flat run through Deer Park
Passes down D.C. Raymond M. Downey Memorial Road
• Start: Deer Park Avenue & Long Island Avenue
• Finish: Knights of Columbus
• Water stations and splits every mile
• USA Track & Field certified and sanctioned
• Race timing with Mylaps System

Amenities Available to Race Participants/Event Attendees
• Great post-race party and barbeque
• T-shirt and special gift bags
• Chance to win raffle prizes
• Pre- and post-race food and drink

The family and friends of Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey extend their sincere thanks for participating in the 15th Annual Deputy Chief Ray Downey Father’s Day
Forever Running Memorial Run. Together, we can keep his memory and the memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11 alive.

About Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey
After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East, Ray Downey was appointed to the New York City Fire Department in 1962. Chief Downey’s
phenomenal 39-year career with the FDNY was built upon success after success and rescue after rescue. One of the most decorated men in the department, Chief Downey received five
individual medals for valor and 16 unit citations. Additionally, referred to as “The Master of Disaster” and “God”, Downey, commanding officer of the Special
Operations Command (SOC), died in the line of duty while helping others escape from the fire and collapse scene of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

He was truly a legend in his own time. The Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey Scholarship Charity Fund
All proceeds from the race will benefit the organizations supported by the family of Ray Downey.

We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported the last year's Annual Ray Downey "Forever Running" Memorial 5K Run/Walk yesterday. The event was a success!!!

On behalf of the Downey family, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and runners who support the Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey 14th Annual Father’s Day “Forever Running” Memorial Run. This run was created to keep the memory of our father and all the victims of September 11th alive. With your continued support, the race is now one of the biggest and best 5K races on Long Island . Once again we enjoyed a great day, and the race was a wonderful success. We were able to accommodate over 2000 registered runners that day and over 400 children for the free fun run. We had approximately another 1500 people who enjoyed the food, drinks & entertainment. Thank you for helping to keep our father’s spirit alive and his name remembered.

Scholarship Charity Fund

Affectionately referred to as "The Master of Disaster" and "God," Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey, Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Command (SOC), died in the line of duty, while helping others escape from the fire and collapse scene of the twin towers at the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The fire service was a major force in his life, as evidenced by his sterling career. He truly was a legend in his own time.

As a tribute to Chief Downey's legacy, his family has established the D.C. Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund to keep his memory alive and to benefit the many organizations that Chief Downey cherished.

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2015 Race Times / Results / Awards

In Memory of DC Ray Downey

By Samuel Bruchey and Michael Rothfeld newsday.com, 12/16/2001

They braced themselves against metal railings on the cold, clear morning Saturday, hundreds of them, to pay their respects to the New York City firefighter they always knew as a giant, and now the world knows, too.

In the street, Raymond Downey's troops stood saluting him for the last time as the truck from Rescue Company 2 rumbled slowly down Deer Park Avenue.

Then with only his memory to honor, firefighters unloaded a bed of red, white and blue flowers with his helmet resting on top and carried them into the packed Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church. Additional mourners gathered in an adjacent school to watch the memorial service on a large-screened television.

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Governor Keating Remembers Fallen New York Fire Hero Who Helped Oklahoma in 1995

I first met Ray Downey late on the night of April 19, 1995, in front of the bleak, bombed-out skeleton of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was rainy and cold, and we were just beginning the awful work of bringing out the dead from the scene of what was, until Tuesday, the worst domestic terror attack in American history.

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newsday.com, 12/15/01

NEW YORK -- Thousands of firefighters gathered Saturday at a memorial for their fallen colleague Ray Downey, one of three top Fire Department officials lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Downey, chief of special operations command, was a firefighter for nearly 40 years and was the city's most decorated firefighter at age 63.

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Congress has unanimously approved a plan to name the Deer Park, L.I., post office after New York Fire Chief Raymond Downey, who died at the World Trade Center.

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