FALLEN HERO'S SON ALSO RISES TO CHIEF

By WILLIAM J. GORTA

September 13, 2002 -- The son of a highly decorated fire chief who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers was himself promoted to battalion chief yesterday.

Joe Downey was one of 85 firefighters promoted in a ceremony at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island.

Each one of the other firefighters made sure to congratulate Downey, the son of legendary Chief Ray Downey, who was the most highly decorated firefighter in the FDNY when he was killed Sept. 11, 2001.

The body of the elder Downey, who was a 39-year veteran in charge of Special Operations, was one of the last found before recovery efforts ended at Ground Zero.

The ********* ceremony was attended by Joe Downey's firefighter brother, Lt. Chuck Downey, and their mother, Rosalie Downey, who wept and squeezed Chuck's hand during the ceremony.

The newest Chief Downey was also included in a smaller ceremony where Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta unveiled a wall at the academy bearing a picture of each of the 343 firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attack.


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LIKE FATHER:
Rosalie Downey hugs son Joe at yesterday's Randalls Island ceremony, where he was named battalion chief - the title held by his father, hero Ray Downey.
Brigitte Stelzer (above)