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In Tribute to Capt. William F. Burke
46 years old.   Residence: New York, N.Y.
Died in World Trade Center

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Billy Burke, Silly Uncle Billy: I am a Texas fireman that attended Billy's service and came away knowing that it was my loss not to have known Billy Burke. We often speak of the services we attended at that time, and Billy's is brought up—the story of helping the old life guard into the surf for the last time, the women he helped the morning of 9-11, getting all of his people out. The number of people we meet while in the city that knew or knew of Billy, the man that introduced so many men to their wives or girl friends. Missing out on knowing him was my loss.

*** Posted by David Baker MFD Capt on 2009-05-04 ***

Happy Birthday!

*** Posted by Liz on 2009-03-09 ***

I did not know you, nor any of your family. I did experience the horrors that were 9/11, being woken up on 9/11 by the sirens careening down 7th Avenue, looking south down 7th and seeing the towers collapse from Sheridan Square. I felt helpless but not hopeless as I knew that we as a city were pulling it together in order to meet the demands of what that morning posed. I watched what was happening further downtown from windows and on the Internet and the news. I did feel cut off, my parents being in Italy and my sister and family in Philadelphia and my phone working intermittently ... but not in danger because men and women like you were helping those who needed it and for those who could not be saved but whose spirits could be salvaged with your assistance, with your life. I wanted to help, but we were cut off. I heard that water was needed in the hospitals, so I did what I could and went to Balducci's, around the block, and had cases of water sent to St. Vincent's to help those who you already helped and to help those helping at St. V's. Man, you and your fellow workers made such a difference that day, and I feel sure, although I am not religious in nature, that you are winging your way around the heavens, watching your loved ones. I also remember seeing a memorial service a few days after 9/11 at Yankee Stadium and saw NYPD and NYFD workers standing arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand with Americans of Arab extraction and Muslim in faith. This for me was so emotional, seeing that you and yours were setting the example for us all not to blame and hate those who were guiltless. This was extraordinary for me. We need more of this, now, as we so often find ourselves in between what is right and what we feel, which do not always go together. You and your comrades, many of whom gave their lives so we could continue ours, are our initial examples of how we are to think, care, love, act, and be. Your life was cut down short by a senseless violent act, but it was not given for naught, which is what I hope your loved ones remember and, in seeing this site, what I am reminded of. Peace!

*** Posted by GaryPeter Casella on 2009-02-17 ***

Hey, Billy

I miss you a lot and will always remember you at Robert Moses. You came and visited me in Los Angeles once, and we had a good time.  We were friends for 20 years, and I miss you a lot. You're my guardian angel.

*** Posted by Mary on 2009-01-04 ***

I had the honor of reading names on the USS Midway in San Diego.
To the Burke family: WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Take care.

*** Posted by Tim Ryan on 2008-09-12 ***

At this time I would to say that my heart goes out the the families of FDNY. September 11, 2001 was America's Darkest Hour. Though it all we remind strong, brave and proud. FDNY brave heros are a prefect example of what American Heros are all about. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR FALLEN HEROES!

*** Posted by Richard Espinoza on 2008-09-12 ***

Not a day goes by that I don't think of my best friend, Billy. I can't believe it's been 7 years. I still think you are up there with Patty Garrigan ... and one day I look forward to being with you again.

I love you, Billy Burke,
Bradley Rauch

*** Posted by Bradley Rauch on 2008-09-11 ***

I met Billy Burke many years ago at Potsdam (State University of NY). He and his friends seemed to be everywhere on campus. They were always great fun and very loud. The Potsdam college paper printed a memorial to him right after 9/ll happened. I was shocked and saddened. I think of him (and his family) especially on this date, Sept 11. What an amazing hero! My father was also a firefighter. These heroes run INTO burning buildings when the rest of us run OUT! Memory eternal.

*** Posted by Annette on 2008-09-11 ***

I met Billy Burke many years ago at Potsdam (State University of NY). He and his friends seemed to be everywhere on campus, they were always great fun and very loud. The Potsdam college paper printed a memorial to him right after 9/ll happened, I was shocked and saddened. I think of him (and his family) especially on this date, Sept 11, what an amazing hero. My father was also a firefighter. These heroes run into burning buildings, when the rest of us run out. Memory Eternal

*** Posted by Annette on 2008-09-11 ***

It has taken me seven years to add my love to this page. Billy and I lived together. In a sense. ;) I lived and continue to live in the apartment right next door to Billy's in Stuyvesant Town. My brother, my friend, my forever hero. I love and miss you B.

*** Posted by Nancy Fischer on 2008-09-11 ***

God Bless You Billy. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

*** Posted by Susie on 2008-09-11 ***

I'm a 13-year-old boy from North Augusta, S.C., and my middle school asked us to pay tribute to a 9/11 victim. I went on legacy.com and said, "god, I'll close my eyes, and you pick for me." I landed on Mr. Burke. I give my condolences to the family and hope that I can portray this man in the light he most certainly deserves. I give my gratitude. god bless you all.

*** Posted by eric clubb on 2008-09-09 ***

All this that happened is just horrible. After all this time, no one can forget, but time has passed, and wounds are healing.... But I still have that strong faith that one day it'll be past forever....

*** Posted by mar on 2008-09-01 ***

To the hero saving lives both on land and at sea,

You are so missed. Robert Moses has never been the same. It's been almost 30 years since I was graced with your singing of Billy Joel. You charmed almost every blanket with Billy Joel's lyrics as your cue to start a conversation, "You know, he's got my same name?"

It was the late 70s, and you couldn't flip a station without hearing Billy Joel.... The blankets were filled with beautiful girls, and no one since has charmed the beach with such flair, pizazz, and humor. You are the best!

Peace and love,

*** Posted by maureen on 2008-03-24 ***

God bless you, Billy, a true hero always remembered in Ireland.

*** Posted by maria on 2007-09-20 ***

It has taken me 6 years to write, but not a day goes by that I do not have such pride in knowing Billy Burke. Who would ever think that the friend I had at Plainview H.S. would grow up to be a hero?

*** Posted by Bill on 2007-09-11 ***

As March 9th approaches, your 52nd birthday, I can't help but reflect on how blessed I was to have you as my oldest and best friend for almost 40 years ... Billy we shared countless days growing up together in Plainview, as remaining close well into adulthood. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think fondly of my wonderful friend, a smile on my face knowing full well you are up in heaven with Patty Garrigan having a grand ole time. Happy Birthday Billy, I look forward down the road being with you again my friend ... I miss you and love you ...


*** Posted by Bradley S. Rauch on 2007-03-07 ***

I was watching a rerun of "Friends" and noticed Joey was wearing a shirt bearing the name Billy Burke. I wanted to see if he was one of the firemen lost on 911. I see that he was. My prayers are with his family. I noticed on another post his birthday is coming up. I will remain in prayer for his family. I know this must be a difficult time.

*** Posted by Kathy on 2007-02-05 ***

Thank you for being so brave and willing to risk your life for the victims of 9-11! Your family is in our prayers.

*** Posted by Megan on 2006-12-11 ***

Thank you. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

*** Posted by Katie on 2006-11-22 ***

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