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October 31, 2014
Hola Manny,
I have to tell you I went to visit Willie Sr. with my granddaughter Evelie and stopped by your place. She's 4 and touched your picture, she said "you would of loved me and you are so cute". Of course I agreed...You are always spoken about all my grandchildren know of you..you are always remembered.

My family will never forget you!!
Evelyn Vega (Wanda's mom)
October 30, 2014
I recently participated in the "Stair climb" to honor those fallen firefighters of 9/11. It was in Reno, NV at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. We all got to pick an ID badge for a fallen firefighter and I chose "Manny". I still keep that badge in my desk drawer so I see it every day. I will never forget and will climb again next year when the group returns in his honor.
September 12, 2014
Manny,

It seem's not long ago I saw you at orchard beach with your dad looking Hot! It's still so hard to believe that your life was taken during such a tragic event. Thank you for risking your life to save others. RIP and know that everyone is greatful for what you did. xoxoxo Elsie Valle
September 12, 2014
???????????? 13 years already and it's still "like yesterday". RiP Hero .... Your family loves you!!! I will walk again this year in your memory in NY. Xoxo
September 11, 2014
Hey what's up Man..you know your still looking out..when you told me to take the FDNY test in 98 I take it turns out I pass it but because of ethnicity well to make the story short it turned out good better than I expected so thank you for your encouragement and your helping hand and motivation it is greatly appreciated I thank you brother...
Oh don't think I forgot I owe you $100??thanks brother
September 11, 2014
My younger son is a firefighter also. We have deep respect for you. Blessings to your family. They must be very proud of you.
September 11, 2014
Thinking of you Manny. Praying for all of your family today. ????
September 11, 2014
I never knew you. But I will always remember you.
September 10, 2014
Hi Manny,

Still thinking of you.
May 23, 2014
I will never forget your smile. Watching you and Nolly convinced me that I wanted children. Thank you for changing my life.
November 22, 2013
Manny,

When I think of you, the first thing I see is that beautiful welcoming smile and that friendly, happy face... Your warm, kind spirit and bravery will always, always inspire me and touch my heart... Rest in peace dear Manny. Your spirit will live in us FOREVER!!

Love Supreme,
Rhoda N Lawrence
September 18, 2013
Manny, I think of you all the time. I was in probie school with you and never saw you again until the day I found you. I hope your family knows we took the best care possible of you when we removed you from that horrible place. Rest in peace. gio270@hotmail.com
September 11, 2013
To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord...
Our loss is heaven's gain. #gratefultohaveknownyou
September 11, 2013
My name is Holly, I am a Denver Firefighter. This was my first time to do the 911 Stairclimb in Denver today. I chose to climb in honor/rememberance of Manuel. It was a great experience and I was honored to participate. He will never be forgotten!
September 05, 2013
To have known Manny was to meet one of God perfect creations....how missed you are I pray that one day I will see you again. LOve you Tee
December 27, 2011
manny,

you cross my mind often, but today was special. i will always remember that beautiful smile and i pray that you are at peace. xoxo
October 25, 2011
I knew you as a little boy. You grew to be a hero to us all.
September 13, 2011
Manolito,

10 years have passed since we lost you forever. No good-bye hugs, no good-bye kisses, no warning. So sudden, so unexpected, so tragic, so painful.

10 years since we saw your face, saw you smile, heard your jokes, heard you tell your stories, listened to your advice.

I miss you. Words can't describe our pain - even to this day. And, then having your Engine 5 brother, Ray Ragucci, die from a 9/11 related illness right before the 10th anniversary was heartwrenching. Another family suffers from this terrible terrible day. His death just made this anniversary so much more difficult for us as well as, I'm sure, the Engine 5 guys. They are so kind and generous with us. Ray was always so good as well. We lost you, but gained a group of men and now a woman as family.

May you be talking up a storm with Ray up there. We love you.

Love you - more than I ever told you,
your cousin,
Eileen
September 13, 2011
We attended a 9/11 memorial service in our hometown in Ohio. All were invited to take a handmade rose that were all constructed together to form an American flag. Each rose had the name of a person who perished in the 9/11 attacks. Our rose had the name of Manuel Del Valle. Please know that our family is praying for your family and although it's been 10 years...we will never forget.
September 11, 2011
Manny, from your Arlington,Va FD brother,the Clarks miss you. Also your brothers from Md.Univ. you are in our prayers. We will always remember your smile.Friends forever.
September 11, 2011
Manny, you would have a made a great dad and husband...You were a role model to so many young people including my son Nick...Ten years later and it is still very painful.. Your family is in my prayers
September 11, 2011
God Bless you Hero on this 10yr Anniversary. Still feels like yesterday. Xoxo
September 11, 2011
Manny, I was 16 yrs old when I first heard about your bravery at your fire house. Even though I never met you in person I can say you truly inspired me on becoming what I am today. Today I have the privilage of being a firefighter myself and serving my community. I will never forget.
September 11, 2011
Manny, Miss watching you talk to the youth and getting them to walk a straight path.
September 11, 2011
Never forgotten. Cuz you will always be in my heart. Your a Hero to all of us.
September 11, 2011
We miss you Manny! You'll be forever in our hearts ?
September 10, 2011
Manny I am thinking of you all of your family. God Bless you all.
September 10, 2011
Manny I have come to know you these last 10 years through the unrelenting love of your cousins Eileen and Marisol.
Today on my hands and knees I cleaned the grit off your name from the Jacobi Hospital Memorial with Holy Water from St Lucy's grotto.
You are a man that is truly loved.
September 09, 2011
your pride for your town and love of life will burn in my memory forever. (cousin)
September 03, 2011
Ur the ma god bless u never 4 get u
August 30, 2011
Ten years... still feels like yesterday... still a Hero! Always a Hero!! <3 <3
August 29, 2011
Manny, There has never been a day that your cousin Harry and I, don't think about you. You are always in our prayers. We know you are watching over us and everyone in the family too. So just RIP and know you will never be forgotten too. ox,ox,ox
May 12, 2011
Hey Manny...I met a firefighter last name Vasquez, I told him he looked a little like you. He told me he knew you that you were his friend. I was so surprised I got emotional and prayed that this tragedy that took you away from your family and friends NEVER happens again!!

Always wondering why?

Evelyn Vega
May 12, 2011
Just wanted to stop by and tell u are not forgotten! You are our HERO! I remember going to Tio Joe's house and talk about baseball when we were young! Then when u used to come to P.R to visit Juana Diaz and every year come around and say hi to the family! Manny,u are truly missed but the memories will live 4 ever in our hearts!
May 11, 2011
Manny your are missed every day Finally you can rest in peace and every 3000 lives that where lost on that day, we love you.
May 03, 2011
Manny....they did it...they got Osama! A little more Peace in the World now. God bless you for giving your life for us! Xoxoxo...
May 02, 2011
Remembering you on this day!
May 01, 2011
Love you Manny. Thinking of you. Thinking of justice. Please rest in peace and love and light
September 13, 2010
Hi Manny,
I can't believe it's been nine years since the last time I saw your handsome smiling face. We miss you more and more as time passes by.
I had the privilege of reading your name this year at the 9/11 memorial ceremony. I was so worried that I would not be able to maintain my composure and start crying. I prayed for strength to get through it and I talked to you a lot before hand. I was a wreck the day before but surprisingly enough I felt very serene and peaceful that morning. I know that I had a very special angel standing right beside me on that stage when I was reading the names. Thanks for coming through again.
You are forever in my heart.

Tu prima hermana,
Marisol
September 11, 2010
R.I.P manny though you are not here to see it you are a hero!!! to all those u helped save and to your friends and family and those like me that didn't know you but know of your courage. thank you!
September 11, 2010
It seems like only yesterday I met you in PR! I was in PR not too long ago and thought of you. You will never be forgotten, miss you buddy:-)
September 11, 2010
Oh MANNY,So many yrs have passed by...my kids remember always.We are so proud of you,yet so sorry you left.We will always rember you.May YOU REST IN PEACE.&When it's my turn to leave this earth,i hope you will be in the entrance w/mama MAYO.WAITING FOR ME WITH OPEN ARMS.WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.XOXOXO
September 11, 2010
Rest in peace Manny. I know I'll see you in Heaven.?
September 11, 2010
Maanny you are and always will be my hero.
September 11, 2010
My old high school friend and teammate... You will always be remembered for your courage and dedication as well as that "Manny" smile. Today myself and many other Brookline firefighters will be once again thinking of you and honoring your life at the memorial mass. Rest in peace Manny.
September 11, 2010
I will always remember Manny, not because we were classmates in Olinville Jr. High in the Bronx, but because I grew such a crush on him. I remember his face to this day 25+ years later. I thought he looked like he could be a member of the band Menudo (for those who remember them). Manny, to this day, I still remember you and though you did not know it, I thought you were the cutest guy in Olinville. Live in peace and know there are people down here whose lives you touched.
September 11, 2010
it is true what was written beautiful and meaningful thougts to honor a hero and a friend to all a friend one of many.
September 10, 2010
I remember meeting Manny only once at his Dad's apartment in the Bronx after I took Robert home from a gym workout. I remember MANNY SR. introducing me and getting into one of his hilarious stories. I always remembered how much Robert & his Dad spoke highly of him. I did not know him well personally, but after 9/11 I finally came to realize what Robert & his Dad were talking about, and for the record, their words did not do him justice. Rest in peace Manny, you are a hero & an inspiration to us all.
September 10, 2010
I am remembering the sacrifice you and your family made for all of America.
Thank you!
September 10, 2010
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
September 10, 2010
it will be 9 years tomorrow and it seems like it just happened yesterday. there is not a day that goes by that you are not thought about. you are so missed and loved that even to this day it hurts us all. rest in peace manny.
September 09, 2010
Thinking of you as another anniversary approaches...GOne but will never be forgotten.
September 09, 2010
So here we are about to make 9 years of your lost, and it still feels as it was just yesterday.... God u are missed and I know you are in heaven watching over us, but how I wish u were here to make thing better as u always did with your jokes and your great smile. Miss you
May 26, 2010
Que Dios te bendiga y te cuides siempre
May 25, 2010
Dear Manny, Your life giving sacrafice will never be forgotten by those who share this tragedy and by your loving family.
As I read todays NYDN I saw a birthday message to you.
I have stood next to your cousin Eileen at 9/11 ceremonies at the Bronx courthouse. One year at the courthouse I saw Eileen and Marisol and we had lunch.
I am always comforted by their love for you.
Somewhere today they will have a birthday toast to your memory. I will to.
We will never forget. Happy Birthday in heaven.

Dan D'Allara
Twin brother of NYPD ESU 9/11/01 LODD
John D'Allara
Allerton Ave., Bronx NY

Dan
March 10, 2010
hard to believe that so many years has flown by, feels like yesterday!!! Rest in Peace Angel
January 01, 2010
I was just sitting here and thinking how quick u came and left out of my life. U were indeed a great person. Your lost has changed so manny lives. I thank god every day for allowing me to part take in your life. Manny their isn't a day that goes bye that I don't see something that reminds me of you. Thank you. I will always miss u and love u.
September 15, 2009
Dearest Manny
Loosing you was one of the saddest
events in my life.I will never
forget that day in the morning when I stopped by the fire house looking for you to make sure you were ok and I was told by Gerard that you were missing I had to sat down I could not believe what he had just said to me. From then on everything turned black and white for months to come.....Manny I will always love you and miss you.
You will never be forgotten

Marilyn
September 15, 2009
Hi Manny,
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say we love & miss you mucho. We will never forget.

Marisol
September 14, 2009
My dearest Manolito,
Another anniversary has come and gone. Losing you was the most heart wrenching event for our family. It's been 8 years since we saw your smiling face, heard your teasing voice and listened to your wonderful laugh. I think of you every single day. I never imagined I would miss you so much, but I do.

This year was the first time that our family actually participated in the reading of the names for the 9/11 anniversary ceremony. And, though I did not get to read your name in the order of the roll call, I was able to add your name at the end of those I was assigned to read. I'm sure you were smiling down at me - watching as I stood in the pouring rain, trying so carefully to keep my hair in tact (want to make you proud) and make sure I didn't cry when I got to your name. Thinking of you helped me keep a steady voice as I read your name and let the world know how much you are loved and missed. Until we meet again.
Besos,
Your cousin,
Eileen
September 13, 2009
Thinking of you as we mark another year passed... God Bless You always....
September 12, 2009
PEACE, MANNY D. WE MISS YOU, BRO!
September 12, 2009
My Friend, "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
Arthur Ashe
September 12, 2009
Hi Manny. I was thinking of you today. I'm glad Shaun directed me to this site. I'll never forget the day I ran into you on the street in White Plains after I just moved up from Maryland. What a small world. Rest in Peace. De La
September 11, 2009
8 years later......still so hard to believe....rest in peace Hero....you are never ever forgotten Xo Lesley
September 11, 2009
Manuel your kind spirit, playful ways and thoughtful heart are some of the few things that bring sweet memories of you. You will forever be in my heart and I know that you are watching over all of those that you love and hold dear. I miss you....
The teacher..Liz Morales-Kase
September 10, 2009
Rest in peace Manny. May God bless your family with peace in their hearts. You are a Hero and will never be forgotten.
September 10, 2009
Manny,
Thinking of you as the day approaches of the anniversary when you left us, still the sadness does not subside. The missed opportunities. Somehow knowing that there were survivors because of you, lessens the pain. You are in my thoughts always.
July 17, 2009
WOW, I was just looking at my albums and found a photo of you and the rest of the girls, wish you were still here...
June 15, 2009
Was very sorry to here about this we went to the same JHS 141 but I don't think we graduated the same year. My heart goes out to your family, you will forever be a hero. God bless always
May 25, 2009
Happy Birthday!!! On this Memorial Day of 2009, I am remembering Manny Delvalle Jr.
May 22, 2009
Happy Birthday Manny!!!
You were in our conversations this past week,remembering your smile and thanking God for the times we saw it.
Evelyn Vega
May 21, 2009
Hello from a friend. See you when I see you.
March 30, 2009
After meeting you as a child in 1980, and becoming friends you left an imprint that lasted these 30 years. I just found out about your tragic loss, and feel a profound sadness because I did not get to know the wonderful man you became. However the world is a better place because you were a part of it if but for a short moment. You are a hero and that is what I always imagined you would be.
March 05, 2009
Hi, Manolito.

We just returned from a mini family reunion in PR for Stephanie's 15th b-day celebration. And, though it was great to see all of the family together celebrating, I could not help but think of you that whole evening. How you would have enjoyed being there w/ everyone - including your dear sister who attended. How you would have danced the night away. I know we all thought the same thing, but no one wanted to actually say it. We miss you everyday, but feel it so much more on these kinds of occasions. But, I guess you were dancing the night away as you watched over us that night.

We love you. We miss you.
your prima,
Eileen
February 11, 2009
Hi Manny!

Willie Sr. wil be resting a few steps from you, so my family will be visiting your place often. Please continue to smile down on your family and us.
February 10, 2009
RIP
November 03, 2008
Hi Sweetie,
Sorry it took so long for me to visit this site. I found it harder this year than from previous years. We all miss you and love you very much. Please continue to shine your light on us and know that you will never be forgotten.
Always in our prayers & hearts cuz,
Lynda
September 13, 2008
Hi Manny!
As you can see Willie Sr. has joined you in heaven. I am very sad and heartbroken yet I am happy that I have another angel watching over me and my loved ones. I still wonder why 911 happened and miss seeing your wave and smile at the best parade in the world.
September 12, 2008
I'm still missing you
September 12, 2008
Hi Manny,

The day after. Seven years later. Hard to believe so much time has gone by when it still feels like yesterday that I found out we lost you. I think of you often. Anytime I see a fire engine, pass a station, or listen to some old school hip hop from our times in the dorm at MD. :) You are a wonderful person and what a hero too. I love and miss you!
September 11, 2008
Hi My Dear Manny, Manolito, Engine 5 Supermodel, All of the reminders today, it's so difficult. I was late for work waiting to see your name on the CNN ticker tape as I have done every year. I even took a picture of your name today. I know it's not you but seeing your name brings to me a loud cheer and of course tears, then I laugh because you always knew you were a superstar,you would be on TV. Yep, you got your name in lights! You are truly my Hero and I get to share your heroism with the entire USA. You were always so brave. 7 years have passed all too quickly. It seems like just yesterday you were trying to get me to visit New York again,trying to convince me that it wasn't as dirty anymore. Being reminded of those efforts always makes me smile. Manny, I miss getting my birthday cards from you,(you never forgot). I still have every single one you ever sent and I read them often. It's very difficult but I read them and my tears turn to smiles and then laughter. Every thought of you is that way...tears of loss and then smiles and then laughter from the oh so wonderful memories. I talk to you just about everyday (as u know). I think/know you hear me. I still always look to you for advice, especially with the fellas and as you said about most of mine..."He's a Bum!" ha ha ha Oh I miss you soooo. We need more time. I think of your family, especially Manny Sr. and Nolly and if I can hurt this much I can only imagine their heartache. They are always in my prayers. The saying "Friend for Life" You Manny own it, this life and all the rest to come. I can't wait to see you again my friend. You know we're having chinese! Love you miss you. You are forever in my heart. Eternal Friendship. Luv, "Roz" Roslyn
September 11, 2008
Manny,
I say a prayer for you everyday. It has been 7 years of prayers.... Miss
you man.
Andrew
September 11, 2008
Forever grateful to you and to your family. We will never forget you.
September 11, 2008
As Always I am fondly remembering you on this day.......
September 11, 2008
Always Missed, Always Loved, NEVER Forgotten...xoxoxox
September 11, 2008
Dearest Manny

On this 7th anniversary I miss you more than ever you are so loved and missed by so many people I hope to see you again

Love Monique Rodriguez
Newburgh,NY
September 11, 2008
You will always be in our HEARTS!
September 11, 2008
WOW, It's hard to believe that so much time has passed yet as I watched the memorial on TV, I blinked tears of pain at the horrific tradegy and painful loss. You were thought of today with fond memories, YOU whom brightly shined among so many that has left us that dreadful day. My prayers to you and your family will continue. Soar!! our ANGEL!!! UNTIL WE ALL MEET AGAIN.
August 26, 2008
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
August 04, 2008
DEAR MANNY,

YOU ARE MISSED, YOU ARE SOOOO MISSED. THE LAST TIME MY FAMILY AND I SAW YOU, IT WAS MAY 2001, WHEN YOU VISITED MIAMI. YOU LEFT OUR HEARTS FULL OF LOVE, AND WARMTH, TRUE FAMILY WARMTH, YOUR EYES SHINED, AND YOUR SMILE WAS BLINDING. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN, AND MY KIDS NEVER STOP TALKING OF THEIR FIREFIGHTING COUSIN HERO. YOU HAVE LEFT US, BUT YOUR WORLDLY ACTIONS THAT OF KINDNESS, HUMANITY, AND BRAVERY HAVE STAYED ENGRAVED IN OUR HEARTS AND MEMORIES....I AM SURE THE BRIGHT STARS AT NIGHT ARE YOUR SMILE SHINNING ON US.
May 27, 2008
Manny,
Happy Belated Birthday in Heaven.
May 26, 2008
Hi Manny D,

It's your friend down in Miami - Chris D. Just wanted to let you know that the Dunham family has grown again.
We have another baby girl, Sadie, born on April 22. I'll never forget the
advice you gave me back in 2001
when I met my wife. Thanks again
bro.

Happy Birthday Manny!!!

Christian
May 25, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
May 20, 2008
Your light was a light of enduring courage.
I never knew you, but the light you were is carried in the heart of your sister. For she shines as you must have. You saved souls, she soothes and heals them. Your life was in itself a light because you lived a life worth living. In this nation you will forever be a hero. Sleep well Sweet Prince* Your Country Will Never Forget.
April 16, 2008
Manny...

For some random, inexplicable reason I thought of you today. I think of you often, but today, for some reason, I had to do more. I had to visit. I had to share. I had to tell you how much you are missed, how much you were (are) respected, and how the life you lived continues to touch so many people. My time with you was brief and earlier on during your days at Camp Belknap, but that was all it took to make your impression on yet another life.

It may be years now since you were taken from us, but those of us who think of you today, and often, know that the years will never ever diminish the memories we have of the young man God has called home and holds in his precious arms for eternity.
March 31, 2008
Hi, I met Manny in Junior High School 141. He was my buddy. We use to say that we were brother and sister because of the similarity in our last names. He got me in trouble one day when he put black ink in the white out in one of our classes. When the teacher asked who did it, Manny pointed at me. I was so pissed at him. I saw him a few times as an adult at Orchard Beach where he use to hang out on Sunday's with his dad. My did he change from the serious little boy with braces in school. I thought he was soooo hot!!! I was devestated by the news when I heard what happened to Manny. My condolences to the family.
November 08, 2007
I only met you a few times when I was younger but I don't really remember meeting you. However, your life and death inspires me every day. You are so clearly loved by all those who were priviledged to know you and I hope that when I die that I could have half as much of an impact on those I leave behind as you do. You're life, although short, was full of purpose and beauty. I know you are in a place of peace and eternal rest.
September 14, 2007
Manny, I really did not know you well at all. However, I do have ingrained in my memory seeing you in the Spring of 2001 while visiting Cali. I remember you coming into my work with your sis. I remember us going to Kingman's Lounge, I remember you visiting my yard most of all when the yard was fluorescent with sour grass and that was the last time I saw you. You thought I had a pretty smile. I still have your picture on my altar. You are gone but not forgotten. I would have liked to have known you better. Maybe in the next life.
September 13, 2007
Manolito,

Our hearts grow heavier, the pain still lingers. 6 years have come and gone yet the thought that you are no longer here is still so new to us. We miss you so much. I would like to think that this has made us stronger. And, I guess that is true - we are stronger and closer as a family unit. Individually, well, not so much. I guess the strength is in the numbers and not necessarily within each individual family member. We try. We have our bad days and then we have even worse days - the holidays, your birthday and this horrible anniversary of 9/11. But we go on and adjust to our life without you. We get used to the heartache and learn to work around it. But, we always remember you with a smile. You are missed so much.

Love you always, remembering you everyday,
your cousin,
Eileen
September 12, 2007
"Dee,Dee...Dee,Dee...Scott La Rock...Schott la rock"

DOPE BEAT-BDS 86'
2107 Alleghany Hall trouble call, 88-90'
September 11, 2007
Hi Manny,
Today was very painful to get through. We did the usual Ground Zero Memorial thing. Words cannot describe the enormous void in our lives since you were taken from us. We think of you every single day and miss you more & more as time passes by.
Love you lots,
Marisol & Amanda
September 11, 2007
Dear Manny,
It's another year and it still seems as if it was yesterday. The same emotions keep flooding in. You're in my thoughts and prayers everyday, and today especially. I know you're in eternal peace and pray for your family in this most difficult time. God Bless You and your family today and always.
September 11, 2007
University of Maryland and being your neighbor at Allegany Hall seems like a lifetime ago. It really was...But seeing your smile everyday when you would come downstairs and we would chat is a memory that I hold with me forever. Now knowing how much you loved to Salsa I wish we could go out and dance... Since you used to call me the cool white girl with rhythm, I have continued on to go out dancing as often as I can to Salsa, Merengue, etc. and of course hip hop too! Anyway, as another year goes by you have not been forgotten and I think of you often.
September 11, 2007
Words can not express the shock and extreme pain I felt when I heard you had perished on 9-11. When we first met on orchard beach in the summer of 85 I would never,ever have imagined that your bright life would end this way. We were 15 years old and had not a fear in the world. I'm a grown woman now and I think of you so often and my heart aches for the silly little boy, who would play pranks and tell really corny jokes. In an ironic twist of fate I work for FDNY-EMS and walk past the 9-11 poster every single morning. Every day I look at that poster and hope somehow and miraculously your name and picture won't be there. But, every day, there it is, a constant, searing reminder that it was all too real. It has taken me 6 years to work up the courage to honor your memory here. I just could not find the words to express how nice it was to know you and look forward to summertime cause I knew you'd be in NYC again. I have all of your letters and pictures, but have not touched them since you died. Maybe one day I will. We had a memorial service today at Fort Totten and I prayed for you. During each moment of silence there was a small rainshower, and then it would clear up again. As I stood there soaking wet at attention, I could not help but think to myself, Manny had something to do with this! Another one of his pranks!! And then I smiled. I miss you and I love you. Orchard Beach Summers will never be the same again!
** My deepest condolences to his family. He always spoke so highly of you. I'm so sorry I haven't contacted you sooner, the pain was just too raw and I felt my words would be so miniscule compared to your anguish.*** He is a true HERO!
September 11, 2007
HEY MANNY ITS MICHAEL,MARITZA'S SON I KNOW I DIDNT REALLY KNOW YOU ALL THAT WELL BUT I STILL LOVED YOU. AND TO THIS DAY I STILL MISS YOU BUT THE MEMORIES OF WHEN I HAD LAST SEEN YOU IN P.R. HELP EASE THE BURDEN OF THE PAIN SO I JUST WANTED TO COME HERE AND LEAVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE

FROM
~~MICHAEL~~
September 11, 2007
My Brother Manny,

It's been 6 years but I still miss you like it was yesterday. You have helped me in becoming a stronger man and I will forever thank you.
September 11, 2007
Dearest Manny,
No one will ever be the same. We were blessed just knowing you. many of us remember you as a very sweet gentle young man. Today we remember you as an ANGEL and a brave Hero!!!
September 11, 2007
Manny, its your cousin Edwin. I found it very hard to get up and go to work today. I sit here in my cubicle thinking of what happened six years ago. Even thought I never had a chance to meet you, I find myself thinking and missing you every single day. Keep an eye out for the family as you are our gaurdian angel. We all love you and miss you very, very much!!!!
September 10, 2007
September 10, 2007
Manny,I'm Heriberto.Uncle Bienve's son.Believe me,I still can't explain what happened,but God knows.I haved 2 boys,Jonathan and Gabriel.When they start talking about superheroes,I start talking about you and how you gave your life doing what you love most.Your memories will always be with us.Cousin Heriberto,wife Mayra and Jonatahn and Gabriel.You are in our Hearts forever.God Bless Grace,Peter,Noly and Peter Jr.
September 10, 2007
Dear Manny, You are always in our converstions. We still wonder why did this have to happen? We pray that your family is well. Please keep watching over all of us. The Vega Family
September 09, 2007
Wanted to stop by and tell you that you are missed! As the day approaches us- it just never gets easier to deal with. You were taken from us before you should have been and you are missed!!!
September 09, 2007
Here we are another year about to pass and I feel it was just the other day that you walk in to my office. You are a angel which I keep close to my heart and always will. I miss you still and I wish we would have been able to have the dinner, we were to have. My Manny you will always live in my heart.
With all my love. T
August 19, 2007
Manny
Just thinking about you and your family. I know you are in heaven looking down on all of them. Six years ago (in about a week) is when I first met you. We didnt know each other very long,but you made an impact on my life forever. I still think about you everyday. Miss you!
May 29, 2007
Happy Belated dirthday Manny
May 29, 2007
Manny, Happy Belated Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 26, 2007
Happy Birthday, Manny!!! I think of you everyday! God Bless you!!!
May 26, 2007
Remembering your sacrifice, and all of your family's pain during your Birthday celebration.
May 25, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
May 25, 2007
Happy Birthday to my special Angel I know that you are watching over us and you are still missed and love. I pray that today in the heavens you are listening to alittle salsa, having a nice cold one and glowing with the joy which you brougth to so many other.

Love you always
Tejany
May 25, 2007
Hey Manny, We thought of you on Manny Day. I know you are watching over all of us.
Evelyn Vega
May 25, 2007
I hope that your looking down at us while we look up at you smiling. We all miss you very much and pray that you are well. Happy Birthday Manny! We love you.
May 24, 2007
Happy birthday primo. Just wanted to let you know that I think about you all the time. Your Mom, Dad, Melinda, Alexis, Lori and I enjoyed our visit to the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. This place is amazing. I'll be thinking of you all day tomorrow. If you run into Papi, tell him that I said hello and that we all miss him very much, especially me. We all miss you also.
Have a good B-day Primo.

Love, your cousin, Edwin José Zayas
October 24, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 22, 2006
In memory....
September 21, 2006
Dear Manny,
My childhood friend was a fireman with you in Engine #5. He loved you as his brother & told me all about you. I wear a Mercy Band with your name on it to honor your bravery on that dreaded day, and I will never take my bracelet off. I think about you everyday and often talk to you. I pray that you are my guardian angel. May God Bless you and your family. You are always in my heart.
September 12, 2006
What's up, Manny? It's been some time since I wrote to you -man-. I can still remember you in your Mercedez Benz Convertible, back in the dayz on the block. {686 E 234 st White Plains rd up by the 2 train} home like if it was yesterday. When you used to tell all of us to get off your car. Or when you used to talk to us in front of the building. You always encouraged us to get off the streets and go do something positive for ourselves. You encouraged us to do better, to go out there and to do it to make it happen. I was one of the ones you helped make it happen. You got me a job when I needed it. You looked out in every way that you could. I was one of the youngers in that time on the block. Now I know what you meant when you said to go out there and do it. There's something I still owe you. Don't think I forgot. $100.00 I'll pay you back somehow or someday. You were a good friend, Manny. Lot of love from your friend, Ferdinand.
September 12, 2006
Never forgotten...always in our hearts.
September 11, 2006
Today marks the 5th year. You are stilled missed and greatly love. I pray that you are with all the angels which make the sky shine . You will always be remeber.

Love Always
T
September 11, 2006
Dear Manny,
It is so hard to explain how today I have thought of you so many times yet I never met you. How today I cried thinking of you. I met you through Pedro your family member and for that meeting I will always be eternally grateful. You and all of your family remain in my heart and prayers. You paid the ultimate price on that horrible day in 2001. You will forever be in my thoughts. Linda
September 11, 2006
even though I had never met you, you seem like you had touched a lot of peoples lives, and I'm sure that you were an amazing person. Thanks for helping out with the 9/11 attacks.
September 11, 2006
thank you so much for being there to help innocent people such as yourself out of the building.
September 11, 2006
Manny- FIVE years and it seems so fresh! You are missed soooo very very much!
The ceremony is going on right now and I always listen for your name (they said it wrong this year) and i just start to cry!
I know that you are watching out for your numerous loved ones and there is some comfort in that but just not enough! We all wish that you were still here with us!
September 11, 2006
Manny you are missed by your friends from the University of Maryland. You had such spirit and heart it was an honor to have called you a friend. You are our hero and will always be remembered.
September 11, 2006
Manny, I will always hold close to my heart your warmth, laughter and most of all your love of real hip hop! Thank you for shining your light into my life; I will always be grateful for that. On this day, I send a prayer to your soul, and love to your family. You were a true blessing, and your memory will live on.
August 08, 2006
What would have been your 37th birthday has come and gone. Of course, we got together, visited the gravesite and then had lunch at one of your favorite local restaurants. We shared some of our "Manny" stories. And, then that weekend, we joined the guys at Engine 5 for dinner. I listened to their banter. And, I watched each time as they left their meals and raced out of the firehouse every time the call came in. It reminded me of how much you enjoyed being a firefighter.

Now we have to brace ourselves for the 5th anniversary of your death. And although we think of you every single day -- morning, midday, evening, night -- the coming anniversary just forces us to remember (not that we have forgotten) that 5 years have passed since we have seen your smiling face or heard your voice. Sometimes it seems like an eternity. And, other times it feels more recent. But it is always so painful and heartwrenching. We love you and we miss you more than words can ever express.

Love siempre, tu prima,
Eileen
June 25, 2006
May 25, 2006
Happy Birthday Manny! I wonder how different life would be if you were still physically here with us (because we know that you will forever be with us).
Happy Birthday!
May 25, 2006
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Manny! I'm sure you're lighting up the skies with that bright smile. We haven't forgotten you and never will.
May 25, 2006
Happy Birthday Manny. I was thinking today was Diego's birthday and I even called him to tell him so and found out that it was your instead. All the love that I had inside of me was for you. I miss you and look foward to being with you, Mama, Jenny, Millie & Jobie.
Take care & love ya bunches.
May 25, 2006
Hi Manny,
I want to wish you a happy birthday. I think about you and all of the family everyday. I really wish I have had the chance to meet you.

Love, tu primo,
Edwin
April 14, 2006
Although i not have got to kno u good i still and always love you and remeber you.Have a nice easter in god's Home Love youre cousin,Michael Montalvo
January 10, 2006
Manny - It's been several years since I sought you out on the web and am so warmed to see the overwhelming and consistent memories. You are talked about at every Camp Belknap reunion in beautiful New Hampshire. God Bless. Manny's first camp counselor at Camp Belknap, Dan Seyler
September 12, 2005
Dearest Manny, You are forever in our hearts. A friend of my family called me on Sunday morning just to let me know that she was listening for your name to be mentioned so she could go on with her day. How happy I got that she would do that and she didn't even know you. How proud and honored I am that I did. Rest in peace son and continue to watch over your family and mine. Your resting place is the most peaceful place I've yet to visit. I still wonder why all of this happened. Evelyn
September 11, 2005
My dearest brother;
In my grief it has been difficult to "visit" this type of site, it makes me relive the overwhelming sense of loss of that and everyday of our future without you here.

I miss you this anniversary and everyday; more and more and not less as time has past.

As you know I had told you in life many times before your passing you were already our hero, we are very proud that the rest of the world now knows this too forevermore.

You know I'm trying to live a great life worthy the both of us but it's been very hard; Our parents and your brothers just miss you so much too;

It's all a testament to the kind of man, son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin, friend, firefighter you were to us.

I hope I can see you again; in our next incarnation-whatever that may be;

Rest in peace
Thanks for being my angel
your sis, Nolly
September 11, 2005
You are so missed Manny! I wonder how different life would be if you were still with us?!
This 9/11 is certainly no easier than the previous years!
I've said it before and will continue- THANK YOU for who you were and how you touched my life! THANK YOU for being a true hero in so many people's lives!
September 11, 2005
God Bless You...
June 14, 2005
We love you a lot and you are greatly missed...Your cuz, ...Louie, Christopher (Lil Manny) and Tanya.
May 31, 2005
Hi Manny.

I wanted to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday. I was just sitting here thinking of some of the fun times we had this past year.

These are just a few that comes to mind.

Norma's wedding in PR. I met the family, and was so happy and surprised how everyone greeted me, with loving, open arms. How we were planing to scale the wall at the cemetary, so we can visit my Father, tu Tio Jovi. How Abuelito look at us, and told us we would all get arrested for visiting after hours. How Eileen and I laughed when Abuelito was burning the dance floor.

And the time we got together at Mari's house in NY for BBQ. Met Tio Gordo, Jessy, Titi Frances, and everone else who went. We had a great time.

Manny, I wish you and Papi were here to enjoy this past year, but I know that the both of you were with us. You both just had a better seat.

Tell Papi that I miss him, and of course, I miss you too.

Love, tu Primo,

Edwin
May 25, 2005
Happy Birthday Cousin. You are very much loved and more missed everyday. Love and miss you ~
Lynda, Joseph and Rene.
May 25, 2005
Hey Manny,
It's almost 8am and I am getting ready to meet Titi, Peter and Pete at the cemetery. Today we will do our best to honor your life. I want to let you know that you touched a lot of lives in your short time here on earth. I was impressed and overwhelmed by the number of friends that reached out to our family during this terrible tragedy. You have great friends but I know the reason for that is because you are a true stand up guy. We used to kid around a lot and tease each other but I want you to know that I love you and miss you. I think of you every day and pray that you are at peace.

Today would have been your 36th birthday (yes I'm letting everyone know your age)!! Happy Birthday!!

Love you lots and lots - Mari
May 25, 2005
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Manny!! We miss and love you mucho! You are always in our thoughts.
Besitos from your cousins Marisol and Amanda.
May 24, 2005
My dearest cousin, Manolito,

You would have celebrated your 36th birthday tomorrow. I wonder where you would be in your life right now. Still within the fire department, I'm sure. Perhaps you would have finished your masters degree (you had just started applying to graduate schools in 2001). Perhaps you would be married with children or would you be the forever bachelor? Maybe you would have started your own business as you had planned. We will never know. You were in the prime of your life. You had so many dreams that you never had the chance to realize.

So many what ifs and what could have beens. What if we had stopped those lunatic fanatics from boarding those planes? What if you were still vacationing in PR for my sister's wedding? What if you had not arrived to work at that time? What if you had not continued up the stairs and had stopped with the rest of Engine 5? What if you had a radio on you that worked and you heard the evacuation order? What if, what if, what if???

We think of you every single day and our hearts still hurt so much. I guess the idea that you are never coming home and that we will never ever see you again has finally sunk in. However, it doesn't mean that living without you has gotten any easier. The pain is still fresh and the wound is still raw.

Oh, we miss you so much -- your big bright smile, your witty sense of humor, your handsome face, your teasing ways. We miss it all.

So, on what would have been your 36th birthday, I say:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN, MANNY. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I can promise you that.

With much love and a very heavy heart,
tu prima, Eileen
February 12, 2005
YOU WERE A GREAT HUMAN BEING.

REST IN PEACE.
September 11, 2004
Today marks the third anniversary of the terrible attacks in New York, Washington, and Pa. I watched the tribute with a heavy heart as I have done for the past two years. I pray for the famiy of Firefighter Mr. Delvalle. Let me tell you why.

Within a week after the attacks, I bought a 9-11 memorial bracelet. I did not choose the name but I did ask for a firefighter one because my Dad is a retired N.J. firefighter. My bracelet reads Manuel Delvalle, FDNY, September 11, 2001. It is red and it has the symbol of a firefighter hat on it. I have worn it each day since receiving it and I will continue to wear it always. I did not know Mr. Delvalle, and I do not know his family. When I look at the bracelet, it reminds me to pray and it makes me a little sad. The losses on that day three years ago are horrific.

But it also makes me very proud to wear the bracelet because it represents such heroism and bravery. For that, I am grateful.

I will continue to pray for Mr. Delvalle's family. God bless you all.

Cindy
New Jersey
September 11, 2004
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Today

I look out over the sea of faces
Tears running down each check
Lives made wide open
All Hearts exposed

I hear the names read
each syllable spoken with care,
each name spoken wtih love
Voices cracking but never faltering

Our flag is flying
The sky is blue
We are one
We are hopeful
Never fading
September 11, 2004
Today, 9/11/04, a 5K race is being held in Corpus Christi, TX where each of the 343 runners has the name of an NYFD member who died on 9/11. I will be running with Manuel's name. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family today. He made the ultimate sacrifice, and I am proud to be running in his memory after reading how great of a guy he was.
September 10, 2004
MANNY...3 YEARS HAVE PAST....YOU ARE FOREVER A HERO....HERE AND IN HEAVEN. MAY YOU BE AT PEACE....AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE MISSED AND LOVED EVERYDAY....REST IN PEACE ON YOUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY IN HEAVEN...XOXO LESLEY
September 08, 2004
Hey Manny!
As September 11 approaches, I begin to get depressed and then I think of your "smile" and get on with what I am doing. I pray that all you see from heaven is happy times among your family and friends. May you rest in peace. Still wondering why, Evelyn
August 30, 2004
PARA NUESTRO GRAN HEROE DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS. "MANNY"

!SIEMPRE TE RECORDARE!
August 25, 2004
Pedro Sanchez introduced me to you after the tragedy on 9-11. You and your name continue to be honored in my circle of family and friends. I am proud to say that while I may not have known you personally I know you in spirit. From all of my family we continue to thank you for your sacrifice. Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers.
May 25, 2004
Happy Birthday Manny! I miss you!
March 31, 2004
Manny, Hey bro, its been like forever since we talked and played together. I remember when you moved to Boston noone knew but I cried cause I didn't have anyone I can go sleep over and play with. I remember the time we went to NH to visit Peter's family and we built a small down hill sled race track in the snow. I remember when they would make our birthday together cause we were just a couple of days apart. Since you moved, from then I never saw you again. You have no Idea how all those memories came back. When I heard about what happen to you I just remember our times together and that laugh you always had. I didn't attend any of the memorials cause I didn't want to remember you like that. To me you are my little cousin/brother that I use to play with. Thats the way I want to remember you. I'm glad you touched so many hearts and made so many friends, you was always easy to get along with. To Grace and Peter, I am so so sorry this happen and my heart and memories will always be with you. I don't want to say Good bye cause I know we will meet again. So till then my little brother. :`(
March 28, 2004
Manny,
I was never fortunate enough to meet you but I know from all the stories from your cousin, Diego (my husband now) that you were one very special man. The day we got word that you were missing my heart sank and tears overwhelmed me. Knowing that I never met you but also knowing that you were still very much a part of me too as a family member. Diego tells me how you and him use to do things when you were kids and hearing him speak of you makes me smile. He loves you so very much and misses you more than you know. I had the last picture that we seen taken of you from the Sports Illustrated and had an oil painting made. You are truely our hero and I know that one day I will meet you, when that day comes I can then tell you some stories of your big cousin. :) You are missed and loved Manny.
Prayers to the family always. Engine 5 hold your head up high for your hero and never forget.. We are so proud of you Manny, but yet so deeply saddened that we have lost such a wonderful man. I know that you can see us from where you are, you have a beautiful cousin, Jelena that I will one day be able to share your story with. God Bless you.

Love to you always,
Debbie Andrade
Oak Island, North Carolina
March 28, 2004
November 01, 2003
It really is so hard to believe that over 2 years have passed since that awful, horrific day. As I sat here this unseasonally warm night, I found this website. I can not believe that out of all of the websites I have viewed in 2 years, I am now happening upon this particular one. I never got the chance to meet Manny. Engine Co. 5 was the second firehouse I was at, immediately following 9/11. Its sister firehouse, Ladder 3 was where my friend Gerry Dewan worked, who was also killed that terrible day. I have spent many hours at 5 Engine. I attended Manny's memorial services in Boston and paid my respects and condolences on the first and second anniversary of 9/11 and memorial days........and will always be there for Manny's family should they need me & for the firemen of 5 Engine.

I have had the priviledge to meet some of Manny's family, who I will never forget. I was so very touched by their closeness and spirit. The way you all reached out and wanted to know about who I was and thanked me for being there. I was amazed at your strength and felt so honored to meet you. And also felt so helpless.

The stories I have heard about Manny are many, from his family and from the guys at the firehouse. Yes, Manny was a gorgeous young man! : ) But mostly, what was expressed about him, was his amazing spirit towards others. And his family carries that spirit & beauty which I find to be incredibly special. I never know what to say.......the last 2 years have been so bittersweet. I have seen so many try and help in so many ways. I have seen so much grief and anger and loss. I just want Manny's family to know how much he was loved by so many (and always will be). I also want his family to know what an honor it was to meet them.......and that you are always in my prayers. God Bless You.
September 18, 2003
Dear Manny,
I travelled to ground zero from Ireland for the second anniversary with my family.Like your family we were also affected greatly by that tradgic day. My aunt and baby cousin whom ive spent the best times of my life with and wonderful summers with were on the second plane that hit the towers.I never knew of you until this anniversary. I was standing in front of your family and friends with my own family as we waited to walk down to ground zero.I remember turning around and seeing your picture, one of many proud pictures held by the ones you loved. I began crying, you are so gorgeus i know why the ladies loved you. Mere words cannot express the courage and braveness you showed on that tradgic day. My utmost respect goes out to you and all the heros who sacraficed their lives to save and help others on that day. For your family, two years on and it still feels like yesterday, why our loved ones were taken only God has the answers. Manuel and both Ruth and little Juliana, my family, live on today in the memories and stories we share about these heros. I do believe that our loved ones have gone from this earth to a better place but they have not gone from our hearts.I hope the DelValle family and friends are still finding the strength to help them through their loss. You have a wonderful son, brother, grandson, cousin ,nephew, friend....
Manuel, you are an angel and your families guardian angel, you are an inspiration to all! Rest In Peace.

Jean Clifford.
jrclifford@oceanfree.net
September 11, 2003
IT;S BEEN TWO YEARS MANNILITO SINCE U WAS TAKEN FROM US, AND IT JUST SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY. I HOPE U ARE WATCHING OVER MY SON IN HEAVEN, NOW U CAN PICK ON HIM LIKE I PICKED ON U WHEN U WAS A LITTLE KID, YOU BROTHER IS GOING TO PLAY BALL IN SANTO DOMINGO, U WOULD BE PROUD OF HIM MOM AND PETER MISS U A LOT BUT THEY WILL BE STRONG FOR U. GOD BLESS U MANNILITO AND I WILL NEVER FORGET U.
September 11, 2003
Manny-
its been two years and for a lot of people who knew and loved you its going to be if it was just yesterday ,a day we will never forget,but then how could we ever forget that day ,they took the best thing on earth .....
miss you ....
September 11, 2003
Manny-
Wanda and I went to you first thing this morning and your presence was felt stronger than ever which was so comforting! ~Thank You
We miss you so much!
B-
September 11, 2003
God Bless you on your 2 year annivesary in heavan. You are never
forgotten,and always loved.
September 11, 2003
Your sacrifice and heroism will always be remembered. You will always live on in our hearts and memories. From your cousins Vilma, Angel, Hector, Christian & Amanda.
September 11, 2003
Dear Manny,
It has been two years since that tragic day of your passing and I have been thinking about you alot today.We met about 13 years ago through Rob and Haj at Univ. of Maryland.Right away we hit it off as you were always joking around and ready to smile.My fondest memory was partying with you and your father at Haj's wedding in 1997,I wasn't able to say goodbye but your friendship will always be in my heart and the hearts of many.
I know you are smiling down from Heaven!
Your Friend Always Guss
September 11, 2003
GOD BLESS YOU MANNY. YOUR SACRIFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
September 11, 2003
GOD BLESS YOU MANNY. YOUR SACRIFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
September 11, 2003
God Bless didn't know you too well, we met maybe two times, but I do know one good friend (Jimmy Andruzzi) who met his girl (Eillen Torres) your cousin, and entered the towers that day with you. Jimmy got out and you never did. I just wanted to say that I haven't forgotten and never will!!!

I hope "I" Torres reads this just to let her know I never forgot....and never will!!!! Love u I

P.S. don't tell Jimmy...U know why.
September 09, 2003
Hi Manny-
I can't believe that's it's almost 2 years and it seems like we just saw you in the black Navigator after the concert!
You are missed and loved. I do hope that your family is still strong as I have been thinking about them and praying for them.
September 06, 2003
My beloved Manny:

They say that "time heals all wounds"...this was not meant for a broken heart...for time has only made the wound deeper and the need for you more intense...it's still surreal that you are gone...I miss you so much...
Not for just and Hour
Not for just a Day
Not for just a Year
But, Always
I'll be loving you Always
REST IN PEACE SWEETHEART.
August 13, 2003
Que La Paz de Dios Sea con toda la familia Del Valle y Vega.

What can I say I never knew him I have never met there family at all
but Icannot help the fact that we do share the same last name a last name as rare as Del Valle.

To both families From the
Del Valle's Family in Sunset Park,
Brooklyn and in Howard Beach Queens
we send our condolenses in this soon to be a second anniversary of the wtc.

Your pain is our pain just because we only share a last name.

We Love you all
Familia Del Valle from
Sunset Park, Brooklyn and
Howard Beach, Queens
May 26, 2003
Dear Manny, I know you are smiling because of all the visits you received on Sunday. Iza and Isaiah ran around your place like crazy kids. Iza decided you need a birthday hat so we will return to bring you one. Wanda is in Brazil on a missionary trip. Continue to watch over all those who love you.
April 01, 2003
Manny you will never be forgotten. You was our hero. May you rest in peace and God Bless You.
January 24, 2003
No matter how many times we read or hear a Manny story now, it brings tears to our eyes. We were lucky enough to meet Manny at a BBQ a few years back. As soon as you met him you just felt that he was a different type of person. We sat and spoke to Manny and two of his friends, Victor and Benji, who had flew out with Manny on this trip. Our conversations were about everything from life to politics. We shall never forget this special person and what he brought to this world. God Bless Yoy Manny...
January 16, 2003
I hope that your family is doing okay and I hope they know that there are many who are grateful to those that lost their lives to save others that day.
January 05, 2003
Another year has passed since that fatefull day. Our family is starting to mend our broken hearts. We have begun the difficult process of knowing you are not here in person but you are in our hearts and will always be in our minds. Someone like you will never be forgotten. Que la bendicion de Dios te acompañe siempre
cariños,
Maritza y Familia
December 28, 2002
Dear Manny, How time has passed and it still feels as if you just left us. It is only because of our faith in the Great Lord that we have kept going. Everytime my grandchildren see the flag, they scream "Manny, Manny". At your gravesite, they think they are at their private park. They run around and play. They feel at ease just like you use to make us all feel. Still wondering why and praying that your family is finding peace.
October 17, 2002
I am a fire department Lieutenant in the Philadelhia suburban area. I am deeply saddened to find that a person whom I had met and becme friends with over twenty one years ago at Camp Belknap in New Hampshire, was also a firefighter and sadly died that dreadful day. I was dumbfounded and deeply affected when I saw his picture for sure.
My childhood memories of Manny at summer camp will go with me forever. Boombox with a million (so it seemed) batteries, to baseball, to the buddy swim in the lake (so we didn"t drown,) Mannies memories will stay with me forever.
My only regret is that we did'nt stay in touch over the years in between then and now. Pennsylvania and New York aren't too far apart. MY most sincere condolances to everybody in the family. God bless Mannies memory, never let it pass. Obviously, I am not a man of typed word, thank you for this time, it has helped me.
October 06, 2002
Manny there isn't a day that goes by were a song isn't play on the radio or I see a movie or somthing happens were I am reminded of you. I can begin to tell you how much I miss you and I am so Sorry that we were unable to have the conversation we had spoken about just two days before 9/11. You will always live in my heart, but how much I do wish I could see you one more time. Love my sweet Love
October 04, 2002
Manny Manny Manny- you have touched so many more lives than I'm sure you are even aware of.
I am so blessed to have met you a few weeks before 9/11. I thank you for how much you cared for my friend and I know that you are still watching over her (and no, she hasn't quit smoking yet).
You amazed me the day that I met you how, without hesitation, you extended both of your hands as we were leaving and drew me to you- i could not believe your kindness. All the stories that I had ever heard from Wanda, she wasn't kidding- you are an amazing person and I am so glad that i was able to experience at least a bit of it. Wanda has said to me that she hopes that Iza will have a "Manny" in her life too...this has become one of my prayers for my god-daughter- I do hope that she is able to have a "Manny" in her life.
Thank you for touching my life, although brief, and thank you for touching so many other lives and for being such a very genuine caring person! May God Keep You and Bless You. ps- can't you do anything up there to get her to stop smoking? :-)
You are missed-
Becki
October 01, 2002
MANOLITO; THE ESCOBAR FAMILY WILL NEVER FORGET YOU,BESIDES MAKING YOUR FAMILY PROUD OF YOU, MY MOTHER THOUGHT THE WORLD OF YOU, SHE ALWAYS CRIES NOW WHEN WE SEE SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, THE ONLY OTHER TIME I EVERY SEEN HER LIKE THAT IS WHEN WE LOOK AT MY PICTURES OF MY SON, I HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON HIM IN HEAVEN, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE YOUNG KID THAT USE TO GO TO THE SEVEN LAKES WITH OUR FAMILY, WHO ALWAYS HAD A SMILE. GOD KNEW THEN YOU WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO THIS WORLD, AND TO MANKIND. LOVE ROBERT ESCOBAR BRONX NEW YORK
September 30, 2002
DEAR MANNY; EVEN DO I DID NOT SEE YOU IN 15 YEARS I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE TIME YOUR FAMILY AND MINE ALWAYS SPEND AT THE SEVEN LAKES, EVEN THEN YOU WERE SOMETHING SPECIAL ALWAYS WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, I HOPE YOU ARE WATCHING OVER MY SON IN HEAVEN, EVERY DAY SINCE 9/11 I THINK ABOUT YOU. YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE THE FAMILY I HAVE MAY GOD KEEP YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU LITTLE BROTHER LOVE ROBERT ESCOBAR P.S. MY MOTHER CRIES EVERYTIME SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU
September 29, 2002
This is to Ms.Torres I was Reading the sign in and I read that there was going to be a Memorial for Manny on 10/12/02, I would like to ask you at what time this will take place. Manny was a dear friend and also my patient.If you are unable to e-mail me please feel free to contact me at 914-774-2267. thank you hope to hear from you soon. tn
September 23, 2002
May God have him in the glory of heaven, for he was a special person to me that I will always love and remeber. Thank you Manny for your gift I will always love you.T
September 12, 2002
One year...one year since the world changed and our hearts were broken never to mend.

You are so missed my love by your beautiful family and the countless friends that mourn your loss. Out of all the "Manny stories" that are told, the one common thread in all is the mention of your great smile. I pray that somehow in heaven you know how we all feel.

Remember,
NOT FOR JUST AN HOUR
NOT FOR JUST A DAY
NOT FOR JUST A YEAR
BUT ALWAYS...

Forever the hopelesss romantic...

God bless you Manny and all the others that were taken from us much too soon.
September 11, 2002
My Dearest Manny:

I cannot believe that it has been a year already.... but I have decided not to mourn you but to celebrate you. As hard as it is to hold back the tears I must hold my head up high and be proud and happy that god gave me the opportunity to know you and I know that we will meet again.

I will always remember the time we went to Peter's parents house in New Hampshire and were playing hide and seek and Monique and I decided not to look for you and you ended up falling asleep in the closet. Oh, how we tortured eachother.

You will always be in our prayers and our hearts!

God give Grace, Peter, Nolly and Lil' Peter strength and ease their pain.

Love Always,
Ivette
September 11, 2002
WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU, A POEM IN LOVING MEMORY MANNY DEL VALLE JR.

WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU FOR A LITTLE WHILE, PLEASE DO NOT GRIEVE AND SHED WHILE TEARS, NOR HUG YOUR SORROW TO YOU THROUGH THE YEARS;BUT,START OUT BRAVELY WITH A GALLANT SMILE AND FOR MY SAKE AND IN MY NAME LIVE ON, AND DO ALL THINGS THE SAME FEED NOT YOUR LONELINESS ON EMPTY DAYS; BUT FILL EACH WAKING HOUR IN USEFULL WAYS REACH OUT YOUR HAND IN COMFORT AND IN CHEER AND I IN TURN WILL COMFORT YOU AND HOLD YOU NEAR. AND NEVER, NEVER BE AFRAID TO DIE; FOR I AM WAITING FOR YOU IN THE SKY! I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOME DAY MANNY


DEAREST MANNY
WE WILL MISS YOU DEARLY. I REGRET NOT SPENDING MORE TIME WITH YOU AND GETTING TO KNOW THAT FUNNY,KIND AND WARM PERSON EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT. BUT MY MEMORIES OF US AS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN YOU WERE THE ONE WHO TAUGHT IVETTE AND I HOW TO SKI IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. I WILL MISS YOU BUT WILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU THROUGH PRAYERS MAY GOD BLESS GRACE,PETER,LIL PETER, NOLLY AND MANNY SR. LOVE MONIQUE AND FAMILY
September 11, 2002
September 11, 2002

On this one year anniversary of the september 11th attacks, we still remember the people who died at the world trade center. I am a high school student and today my school gave out 900 bracelets with the names of people who died on them. At our prayer service this morning, I received a bracelet with Manuel Del Valle's name on it. I, like many of my friends, have learned more about the people who lost their lives on that tragic day. The legacy of each of the people who died in the attacks will go on. I will be praying for Manuel and his family every day this week. God bless you.
September 11, 2002
I met Manny in Abril of 2000 at Webster Hall, I remeber like it was yesterday, we talked from 1am til 06am and the next day we went out for dinner.
I can't believe a year has passed, sometimes I think this is a bad dream and I'm going to wake up from it.
I miss calling him late at night and just talking about everything, I miss our arguments about football, the way he use to complain that I was so serious sometimes, his big smile.

Manny, no matter where life takes me to a part of me will always be with you .
You will always be the love of my life.

Thankyou for being a part of my life.

God Bless You.
September 11, 2002
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Your dedication will always be remembered.
God Bless you and your family.
Adios,
September 11, 2002
Wath can i say about mann.. he was a grate preson in all true form iwas one of the kidds on the block maby going noware or some ware and manny looked out for me any way he could he looked out for all of us on the block(me, lil'Ray, B, micky,all of us) so much that I still owe him a $100. one day will meet agen.... grate Man...Frend


p.s Thank you for opening the door
September 10, 2002
Manny, Manny, I miss you sooo very much. Your beautiful smile, crazy humor and all the laughs...

All those nites hanging out so you can stare at all my beautiful girl friends and tell me that "they are about to catch it!".....We had soo much fun.

I could not have gotten through that dredful summer without all your support and pep talks. I wish I could have returned the love...Thank you for being my friend.

I know that you are always watching over us and looking out(Steph, Dominique and I)...we are still your angels (okay at least, Steph and Dom) ;-)...

I love you...

Soma
"Salsa Master"
September 10, 2002
I met Mannie at the University of MD back in the fall of '90. He was introduced to me by a friend of his at a tailgate party and from that moment on we became good friends. His NY accent, nose ring and orange & white Adidas tennis shoes were the first things I noticed about him!
He was always so good about keeping in touch. Always remembering my birthday with a beautiful bouquet or a sweet card. Calling when he came into town for a drink. Even after I moved to Chicago, he would come out and visit.
Like so many other entries I have read, Manny was a loyal and genuine friend, who would do anything to put a smile on your face.

I miss him very much but I know that he is now resting in God's arms and one day we will meet again.
But I must now begin to celebrate my memories with you, my friend! No more tears, just smiles.


September 09, 2002
Hello Manny
I had not seen you Manny in about 16 yrs we were all kids together on Wayne Ave in the bronx. You were one of my brothers best friends. I remember when we use to call you Mark and my brother Michael the three Musketeers. The last time I saw you I was about 17 yrs old. I was suppose to see you at Marks wedding but I never made it down. I never imagined on that horrific September day that I would come to find out that you had been one who lost there life. I wish I had a chance to meet you one last time but I will always have those memories of when we were all kids playing together in the bronx. God Bless you and may the angels look over you at all times
September 05, 2002
Hi Manny.. I'm not sure here to ve start.. I was here just looking through the events that took place one year ago.. I stumbled upon all of your sites before and now i would like to remember you... Even though i have never met you i hear about you almost all the days of my life so i feel as though i do know you.. I'am a special person in your cousin Luis Rosa's life.. I also had the oppurtunity last year right after Sept. 11 to meet your beautiful, caring, high-spirited family through all of this.. The more stories i hear about you the more i feel i know you... It saddens me to never having to got to met you... It hurts me to see Luis talkng about you, good memories, and get choked up in tears.. I have found myself even crying at times too.. I can see what an impact you have made in all the lives around you and how important you are to people.. That just gives me yet another reason to wishing iwould have met you... I love hearing stories about you.. I can truely see and even feel what a beautiful, caring person you were and still are, in the sense u gave such beautiful memories for people to share and lift their spirits in sch a horrible time...I would just like to send out prayer for thewhole family so times get easier and to everyone that was killed on 9/11... To you Manny may God bless you and be your keeper forever and i will be looking forward to that day when we meet...God bless you and your family
~tanya
August 27, 2002
I met Manny only once at a barbecue at my house less than 2 years ago, and he made a terrific impression on me and my family. We talked for a few hours. He was extremely warm and open, and what was immediately apparent was what a genuinely great guy he was. He had driven down from New York to help a good friend move back up to the city. He LOVED his job as a firefighter. Though we only met him that one time, my wife and I had planned to see him in NY sometime--he had offered to give the kids a tour of the firehouse. He was one of those people that you just click with easily. On 9/11 Manny immediately jumped to my mind because I knew how close his station was to the trade center. We were devastated when we learned he had passed. I keep a picture of him in my briefcase and locker at work to remember him and his enthusiasm for life and helping people.
August 19, 2002
**********This message is for Shin who posted a message on August 15th, 2002***********************

Hi Shin,
I am Manny's cousin and I have to admit that your posting took our family by surprise. We would very much like to meet you since you are probably one of the last few people to see Manny alive.
On October 12th, 2002, Engine 5 is dedicating a plaque to Manny. In addition, 14th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave might be renamed Manuel Del Valle, Jr. Way on that same day. I don't have any details as to the time of the event, but if you contact me at Mari3166@aol.com, I will try to provide you with more details.
I look forward to your reply.

PS- Thank you for providing some insight into the last few moments of Manny's life. We have agonized for almost a year trying to imagine how Manny felt and thought during the whole ordeal. It is comforting to know that Manny was Manny until the very end. We are very proud of him and miss him dearly.

Marisol
August 15, 2002
Manny,

Remember me Manny? I met you in the stairs crazy day back in September on my way down when it seemed that the world was collapsing all around us. Its almost been a year already. We were probably the only ones that were still in high spirits that day. Even in the face of death and danger you had a smile on your face and kept on trooping to do your job. None of us had any idea what fate had in store for us that day. Wierd how God plans these things out, huh?
After I came out, I was waiting for you to call, so I could get the beers that you promised to buy after we got out.
I remembered you telling me your firehouse was on 14th, so I stopped by, then I found out you didn't make it out.
I went to your funeral services, I think I was the only Marine there, saw your family, friends fellow firemen. It was hard to hold back the tears man.
You did your duty, you did your uniform proud that day. We only knew each other for a few minutes, but those few minutes will have a lasting impact in my life.
I guess God had different plans for us, but I'll see you again in time.
I'll come by and see you in Oct.
Rest in peace

Shin
August 08, 2002
My family, the Escobars, and I have known Manny's parents, Peter and Grace, for many years. In fact, Peter and Grace are my younger brother's godparents. Although I haven't seen them in quite some time, I've always remembered them as being wonderful and caring people. They have helped my family out in times of need, and I wish than I could do more to ease their suffering. Despite the fact that its been almost one year, I still can't get over the sadness of that terrible day. My heart still breaks when I see the destruction of my hometown of NYC, and the suffering of families, friends, and loved ones throughout our country and the world. Words alone can't express my feelings and I would like to say Thank you, Manny for being so brave at a time when chaos reigned supreme. May your spirit live on forever, may it know eternal peace and may the Lord give your family blessed tranquility despite the lingering sorrow. All my love to the Moyers and everyone who lost someone that day...
July 26, 2002
I GOT A CHANCE TO READ THE ALEXANDRA
STEVENSON ARTICLE ON MANNY.WHAT A GREAT YOUNG MAN AND WHAT AN AMERICAN HERO.
June 26, 2002
I had the pleasure of being one of Manny's teachers at the University of Maryl;and, and then we kept in touch for the next five or so years. I would look forward to those calls when he would brighten my day with some new story of an escapade. He loved everything he did and found humor in every moment. I will always remember the way he would throow his head back and laugh out loud. I will always remember him. Rest in Peace, Manny.
June 12, 2002
Everyday I live with the conversation we had 2 weeks before you left us. When I come down to NYC and I go by 14th street I still expect to see you standing there smiling or in the middle of the street stopping traffic. Everyday I wish I had told you how much I appricate your wisdom and how much you meant to me. Sometimes we don't express how much we mean to each other and I know that with friends as well as families we take advantage that we will always see each again. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to tell you "I love you cuz". I just know that i will look foward to the day we meet again so I can tell you how much you were loved by our family and how much we all missed you.
Manny you are loved and missed everyday and I can't wait to see your smile again.

love always your cousin

linda
May 27, 2002
To Mr. Devalle's family and friends:
My name is Lara Chandler and I live in Minneapolis, MN.. I was a firefighter for several years and I have been an EMT for 15 years. After the 2001 tragedy, a man made bracelets similar to the POW/MIA bracelets of Veitnam, with the names of all of the Firefighters, Police, EMT's and Paramedics that were killed that day. I wear Mr. Devalle's bracelet. It doesn't come off my wrist and I show it to many people daily. I just wanted you to know that Mr. Devalle will be remembered by me forever. Even thought I didn't personally know him, I have a small picture of him from a fire magazine site framed on my desk. I wanted to tell you that I am sorry for your loss, but be assured, at least by one person, he will be remembered forever.
Please feel free to contact me as I would love to know more about Mr. Devalle so I can make sure his legacy is passed on in my little corner of the world.
In love, Lara Chandler
May 23, 2002
Hey Manny, Today was Manny's Day down at the Y next to your firehouse. I could not attend but my family was. The water bottle is cool.Your loved ones remain in my prayers. Still wondering why this has happened.
Evelyn Vega
April 26, 2002
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you my love. I long to see that great smile, hear your voice and laughter, and enjoy all the funny faces and gestures that made you so unique.

People say that you are in a better place with God...although my mind reasons with me that that is true...my heart hurts wishing that you were still here.

Rest in peace my Hero..I will miss you all the days of my life.
April 23, 2002
**********GOD BLESS YOU**********
March 26, 2002
AS A FIREFIGHTER,LIFE AND MY JOB, HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH. I REALIZE, EVEN MORE, HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS. I DID NOT KNOW MANNY, NOR WILL I EVER, BUT I FEEL THE PAIN OF LOSING HIM, AND THE OTHERS. BEING A FIREFIGHTER, YOU AUTOMATICALLY JOIN A FAMILY THAT EXTENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. I TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING HE LEFT THIS WORLD DOING WHAT HE LOVES, AND BEING WITH THOSE HE LOVED AND TRUSTED. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THOSE LOST, AND THEIR FAMILIES. I WILL NEVER FORGET...
March 11, 2002
dear family At Christmas time I asked my children for one of the bracelets remembering someone on 9/11. Mine is Manuel DelValle. I have worn it ever since. I have prayed and thought of Manuel, a man I have never met. But he is my hero and one of my angels. As I watched 9/11 last night I learned of this site. Now I have this photo of him and have read all the entries. This bracelet has taken on even more meaning and I wear it proudly. God bless you the family of a beautiful son,a true hero
February 23, 2002
Dear Manny,
What do you say to someone you never had the chance to meet and now know you never will? What do you say to someone who perished on September 11, 2001...who perished sacrificing his life for others?
I will have to tell that person and his loved ones that were left behind that I am sorry for the loss of their beloved Manny.
I know you are now living in Heaven with God, because that is where Angels live. I look up at the stars at night when the sky is the darkest and I know one of those brilliant stars is yours, Manny, and I also know the other bright, brilliant stars are in Heaven to symbolize your fellow firefighters who gave their lives on that most tragic day!
Rest In Peace, sweet Manny and may the loved ones, friends, and fellow firefighters who survived find peace and comfort from those of us who share your pain and offer what little we can do to ease your suffering.
God Bless you all and God Bless America!
February 21, 2002
When we were young children I remember Manolito, at our family gatherings all of the cousins playing together. Those childhood memories will be cherished forever. As an adult after not seeing each other for years I remember a man looking at me and he walk up to me saying"your my cousin I remember you" we talk for a while he was a very handsome,a smart and caring person. Everytime he went on vacation he always went to visti my grandparents in PR. My grandmother Naty always spoke highly of him and still does. They loved him dearly. Our love and prayers will always be with him and his family. Grace, Peter Sr, Nolly and Peter Jr. Manny is a true Hero forever. With all our Love, Mingo, Naty, Wilda, Xavier and Natalie and Family.
February 11, 2002
I had the pleasure to know Manolito for the last 15 years he was a good friend and son he was always looking to give help to anybody as they needed.I will never forget his last visit in July 2001 that we spend a lot of time. I will like to let Grisel and family know that i appreciate them as a part of my family that all my prayers are with them always and they can count with me always god blees Manolito always.
Truly

Eduardo
February 11, 2002
Manny didn’t live just for that moment; he lived for every single second of his life. As a devoted family member and friend to all, he was so generous with his smiles, jokes, and his love. I am forever grateful for having known Manny and his kindness.
I wrote a poem after visiting his fire station where I dropped off a collected "book" of notes of appreciation from my friends; after visiting E. 14th St., I decided to walk to the WTC- I miss you, Manny. You were a hero and an amazing human being.

In the Wake

In New York City,
I went by myself
to visit my cousin
and drop a note of thanks
To Engine Company 5.
It was Fall Break. It got cold
quickly. The city
was full of people,
flags and WTC souvenirs,
patriotism and police.
My friend was in the building
what seemed like a short time
and while I waited I prayed
an urgent prayer
(I had faith) and carefully
copied and pasted thank yous:
earnest, sincere messages,
filled with positive energy;
then it was spilling over
in piles of newspapers.
Osama Bin Laden
threatening to attack again
dressed in military coat and turban.
Thousands of dead in the rubble
-“Terrorists Attack,” the caption said.
People crying, holding American flags
fluttering up and down in the wind;
ash-shrouded firemen with looks of confusion
fluttering in the wind
like war-torn heroes.
Their pain was horrifying.
I read it, skimming.
I was too impatient to read.
And then I looked at the front page:
the bold face, the date

Suddenly, from within,
came an ah! of pain
-a baby’s muffled cry-
not very loud or long.
I wasn’t at all surprised;
even then I knew that
the world had changed.
I shouldn’t have been embarrassed,
but I was. What took me
completely by surprise
was that it was Manny:
his face, his voice.
Without thinking at all
I became a mourner
I-we-had fallen,
my eyes glued to the front page
of The New York Times,
September 12, 2001.

I said to myself: two years
since you last saw Manny.
I was saying it to stop
the sensation of falling off
the round, turning world
into cold, unknown space.
But I felt: you are strong,
you are an American,
you are among friends.
Why should we be here?
I scarcely dared to look
to see whether Manny was.
I gave a sidelong glance
-I couldn’t read the words-
at the blur of black and white,
red, white and blue
and different obituaries
lined up carefully.
I knew that nothing stranger
had ever happened, that nothing
stranger could ever happen.
Why should I lose a friend,
a Manny, or anyone?
What similarities-
love, music, charity
I felt in my throat, or even
The New York Times
and those pictures of despair-
held us all together
or made us all just one?
How- I didn’t know any
word for it – how “unpredictable”. . .
How had I come to be here,
like Manny, and overhear
a cry of pain that could have
got loud and worse but hadn’t?

The World Trade Center was devastated
and smelled strange. Manny had died
beneath a dark day,
another, and another

Then I was before it.
The War was on. Here,
In New York City
were reverence and cold and community,
and it was the sixth
of October, 2001
February 09, 2002
Manny worked with a friend of mine at Eng. 5 on 14th Street. I only know Manny from his reputation as one who made people feel good and important. Oh, and of course, his reputation as a heart-throb. One look at his smile and there is no need to wonder why.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
February 06, 2002
A thousand tears...

I didn't know Manny, but I do know something of how he touched the lives of others. Obviously, a very special, unique, and dear person.
January 25, 2002
your gentle face and patient smile
with sadness we recall
you had a kindly word for each
and died beloved by all
your voice is mute and stilled the heart
that loved us well and true
so bitter is the trail to part
from one so good as you
you are not forgotten loved one
nor will you ever be
as long as life and memory last
we will remember thee
we miss you now our hearts are sore
as time goes by we/ll miss you more
your loving smile and gentle face
noone can take your vacant place.
love Lesley Shigesake
January 22, 2002
For a great story about the heart and personality of Manny, read Alexandra Stevenson's account in the New York Times of her experiences at last year's US Open, where Manny was her driver...

January 19, 2002
You did not know me nor my family, but we have come to know you. From Camden, South Carolina to Palo Alto, California your name and face are known. You have become our hero. Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers.
January 11, 2002
Manny's missing poster will be one of the things I remember most of what happened here. Everyday I walk from Union Square to my apartment in the East Village. On the way I pass Manny's firehouse. On the front of the firehouse were posters for the missing. Manny's poster of him included 2 pictures. Both of them were of a young, smiling and proud fireman. He looked like a little kid just beaming out from the photos. The posters are down now but not a walk goes by without me still seeing him there. Manny's smile is one of the things I will remember most about it all.
Steve
January 10, 2002
DEAR LORD BLESS MANUEL (MANNY) DEL
VALLE JR. AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE
WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS
HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..GOD BLESS
FIREMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK..MAY
MANNY BE DANCING WITH THE ANGELS.
MAY WE NEVER FORGET 9/11/01.AMEN.
January 05, 2002
We thank Manny for dedicating his life to others as a firefighter. Such a profession comes with a brave, warm and caring heart. May Manny's enjoyment of Latin music and dance, his courage, life and love live on in those who love him. May you always feel the warmth of his love penetrate into your hearts. May the sorrow you feel be lightened by the warm memories of times shared with Manny. We are very sorry for our nation's great loss of Manny. Our hearts cry deeply with you in America's loss of a hero.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
January 03, 2002
To Manny's Mom and Dad,
My heart goes out to you both. May God grant you his peace & comfort.
God bless you both.
Love Carmen Sosa

December 28, 2001
To one of the many heros who was lost too early,

I didnt know you Manny, but I still consider you a part of my family. Coming from a family of firefighters (my husband and I being one of them), I salute you and proudly wave the flag at my home in your honor. Thank you for your endless courage and grace as you rushed to save those whom you didnt even know. As we sit in the station, returning from a call, and we see one person walk through the door just to say thanks for a job well done. Who would have thought that those two words would mean so much. Even though this thanks come a day too short, I still must say it out loud and for the whole to hear. Thank you to my fallen hero. You are a true angel and I envy you who gets to see the face of Jesus before me. May God bless and keep you and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every day as well as your family. God Bless. Thank you and I will see you one day in Heaven to personally shake your hand.

Tammy DePascale
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
December 17, 2001
Manny,

My friend, you are truly missed. When my heart begins to hurt, and I cry when I think of you no longer hear to talk and laugh with. I embrace the many great times we had together. I thank God for the friendship we were able to share over the last 15yrs. A friendship like ours can never be replaced.

I am so grateful that I was able to talk with you and spend time with you just before 9-11. You are an amazing man, and a true hero. My children call out your name whenever they see an American Flag... "Mom, look Manny, Manny." The flags continue to wave in the wind, and so does your kind & gentle spirit in my heart.

Manny, my friend, you are truly missed by so many.

Thank you for your friendship, support & love. I will always love you.

Wanda
December 11, 2001
My Dearest Manolito,
Today marks three months since you were so cruelly taken from us. I still can't believe that you're gone. Every morning I wake up and hope that this has all been a terrible nightmare but all I have to do is turn the television on to realize that this is not so.
I want to thank you for walking Amanda down the aisle for me at my wedding. It gave me great pride and joy to watch my baby girl walk down the aisle with my you. I would have it no other way. Although we are technically cousins, I have always loved you and Petey as my very own brothers. I know that Eileen feels the same way. I only wish that I had told you this but I think deep down inside you knew that and the feeling was mutual. I will miss all of your jokes and endless teasing. However, what I will miss the most is your beautiful smile. I have 32 years of wonderful memories that I will share with anyone willing to listen. I promise that I will do my best to comfort Titi, Peter, Nolly, Petey, Manny Sr and Robert. I know you would do exactly the same if our roles were reversed.
Till we meet again my dearest cousin.
Love forever,
Marisol
December 07, 2001
Dear Manny, I will never forget when you use to come by for Wanda, when you guys were getting ready for college. You always spoke to everyone in our family not just Wanda. You were a wonderful young man and grew up to be a great man. I know my family will never forget you. You will remain forever in our hearts. May God bless your Mom, Peter Sr. and Peter Jr. May He also bless Grace and Manny Sr.
Evelyn Vega
November 30, 2001
I, like many others, only knew Manny for a short time, but what impressed me most about him was that he was extremely sweet, kind and always a gentleman. As I read the wonderful stories that others share, I wish for the opportunity to have known him better. My sympathies continue to go out to his family and loved ones and I hope that the Lord offers them all comfort for their loss, especially during this holiday season. Manny continues to be missed by me and so many others. The world has lost a true hero.
November 26, 2001
To my dear cousins Grace Peter Nolly and most of all Petie.May you be strong in this time of saddness. I will always remember the special moments Manny and I had togethere even through we ment a couple of times only. he will be a Hero in my Heart aiways and Thank You for giving me a wonderful but yet special cousin.LOVE MELISSA .TITI CARMEN TIO CRUZITO AND TIO CHICKIE
November 19, 2001
I work with Pedro Sanchez and he has proudly and lovingly told us all about Manny. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family. Our prayers continue to be with you.
November 11, 2001
we miss You in our hearts and prayers.
November 11, 2001
Dear Manuel,

From Julio, Ashley, Pachun, and Michelle,

We didn't get to know you very much but are mother always talked about you so good and well that it seemed like we new you for ever. Such a good person, friend,cousin and a true hero to every body.

We love you with all our hearts including Grace.Peter,Pete, and Nolly




November 11, 2001
Dear Grace & Peter,
Thank you for having such great son. Manolito is very special to me and aways will be. He called me his "Cute Novia" and I will always remember that, it was something special between us. He was a true HERO in my heart.
with all my love,
Stephanie
November 11, 2001
To our loving Manny,
You will always live in our hearts a true Hero is never forgotten. You were the one cousin who always made my baby girl Stephanie feel special. Thank you for loving her in your own special way, in her heart you will always be her "Novio". To Grace, Peter, Nolly and Pete may God comfort you and hold you close to his heart, Manny will always live in our hearts.
love you,
Maritza
November 09, 2001
Manny,
I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to meet such a beautiful,sweet,funny,human being.

God knows you were the "Salsa King"! I remember the first day we met. It was at the fireman's chritmas party...same night Eileen met Jimmy. What a great time we all had! We danced all night! And ate too! You know how much I love to eat. ha ha ha!!

I still can't believe your gone. I found out you were supposed to attend my surprise birthday party on Sep.15th. Needless to say the party was canceled and rescheduled but it wasn't the same because one special guest was missing...you!

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

I know you're in a better place, but life just isn't the same without you and that precious smile of yours!

Rest in peace my friend! You are deeply missed!
November 08, 2001
I didn't know Manny, but he and all the Heroes of the Sept. 11 tragedy are now at the right hand of God. Manny impressed our Godchild enough for her to send me this tribute. So he must have been a terrific person. God Bless Him and all the victims of the WTC.
November 08, 2001
Manny

My brother in law worked with you and he said nothing but great things about you. He is not one to be easily impressed but you left a mark in his life. From his words to these "The one most missed from the people I met on the job will be Manny, he took time to show you and teach you".

For my Renee who loved her cousin so much "Love will keep his memory forever alive".

Chris Padilla

November 07, 2001
I knew Manny from our annual ski trips out West. He was a fabulous member of the group - funny, easy-going and a good conversationalist. His FDNY stories were always a lot of fun and I tried to remember them to pass on. Little did I know that his firefighting would lead to this.I will miss him a lot, but especially on the slopes. He was a nugget. Much love to Peter, Gricel and Pete Jr., whoI know will miss him terribly every day. Dave Waters, Charlottesville, Va.
November 07, 2001
Manny, There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. I miss you're sweet smile, you're sense of humor, you're way of talking, and the way you loved to tease me...all the things that made you who you are. We've shared a lot of good times together, Washington D.C., Jones Beach, Vegas, My 30th B-day, Sonja's wedding, Marisol's engagement party, just to name a few. Thru the years you have become more to me than just a friend, I consider you & Eileen my family, and I feel truly blessed to have had you in my life. Thank you for all the great advise & good times & most of all thanks for being my Salsa partner at all those parties. You are forever my FRIEND, my HERO. May God Bless you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Till we meet again sweet friend. Love, Elise
November 06, 2001
He was a lovable young man,any mother would be proud of. You will be greatly missed and loved by your family and friends. God called for an angel and he got you !
Love you
November 04, 2001
My Prayers continue for your family. My heart aches for your great loss and I wish I had the words to comfort you.
November 02, 2001
My condolences to the family and all those who knew this wonderful person.

I never had the pleasure of meeting you personally but, I knew you through a very special person in my life.

Manny, I want to thank you for all your bravery. You will always be a special part of our lives forever.

Sincerely
Blanca
November 01, 2001
Though I only met Manny once, I was immediately drawn in by his warmth and charm. What a wonderful person and a true hero. May he rest in peace.
October 31, 2001
Manny, I miss you like hell. Part of me died too on 9/11. But I cherish the fun times we had together in Boston, Miami, New York and California.
October 29, 2001
I knew Manny for a short time but it was as if we knew each other for years. Manny was a good person, a Brave Taino, who I respected and I'am proud to have known. I'll miss hanging out with you and The fella's on South Beach.I met Manny through his best friends, one inparticular who lives in Miami Beach. He and his high school Boys would come down for a yearly reunion and in the process we all became friends. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. I'll always remember Manny with a huge smile on his face, and I know he is looking down upon us all, wanting us all to remember him with that smile. Que Dios te bendiga,Manny. Hold The gates open for me brother....José
October 29, 2001
Manny, You were a good friend to my husband, Marques. We were extremely sadden when we learned that you were among the missing. At bedtime when we pray with our daughters, we always pray for all those people who lost their lives on that horrible day. We always have a special prayer for you. May God bless you.
October 29, 2001
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Manny except through stories that his stepdad Peter shared at work. He expressed how proud he was of all his children and what thoughtful caring adults you had all become. Much like your parents. Your family and friends remain in our daily prayers. Noone knows the pain of loss until you experience it. I know that time lessens not the pain or the memories but the overwhelmingness of it all. My family is praying that God holds you in the palm of His hand as you deal with your grief and loss of your beloved son, brother, colleague and friend.
October 26, 2001
Nunca podre olvidarte !Manolito!
Siempre te recordare com mucho carino. Ocupas un sitio especial en
mi CORAZON. Eres mi gran heroe de todos los tiempos. Con mucho dolor en mi alma te digo adios para siempre. Gracias por haver compartido con migo momentos inolvidables desde que eras nino.
Nunca te olvidare.
Adios Manolito
Tu tio politico...Peter Torres.
October 26, 2001
Manny, I keep you and all who lost their lives that horrible day in my prayers. I never met you, but you will remain a hero in my heart. God Bless
October 26, 2001
Oh, my Manolito, my sweetest and dearest cousin. How I miss you. I miss your smile, your laugh, your crazy little jokes, your salsa dancing, everything. You were so wonderful, caring and gentle. What an extremely painful and difficult time for us. There's so much I wish I had said to you. I'm so glad we had a mini family vacation together this past summer and I'm especially grateful to have spent your last Friday and Saturday evening with you. I think of you and pray for you every morning and night. I thank God because it seems that although you had become separated in the building from your Engine Co. 5 brothers, it appears that you were not alone. They told us that you were found w/ two other firefighters. This is comforting to know.

You missed my birthday, the last time that I've "caught" up to in age. You didn't get to eat cake w/ us and I didn't receive one of your famous funny cards. Oh, how sad and painful this is.

You will not be forgotten - not by us or anyone else. We are trying to forward your picture and your story to everyone imaginable because we want the whole world to remember you. They should know that they lost a truly spectacular person.

I hope I have the strength to help your poor mom (Titi Grace), Big Pete, Nolly and Young Pete through all this. I will try because I know that's what you would have done for us.

I love you. I miss you.

Forever with a broken heart, your pain-in-the-neck cousin, Eileen.

besitos.

October 26, 2001
What a handsome, amazing young man! What a wonderful life! Remember the good times. We will never forget Manny and all the heroes. He will always be in our prayers.
October 26, 2001
Manny, I feel blessed to have known you although for such a short time. The moments we shared will forever live in my heart. Thank you for being such a wonderful human being..a true hero..I will miss and love you always!
October 17, 2001
Even though I did not know him he was a special person, for he was doing exactly what god would have wanted him to do, go and save others and don't look out for yourself.....a truly special person your parents and america are very proud of you brother,,,,
October 16, 2001
I did not know Manuel but I want you to know my prayers are with you. What a tragic loss! I pray God will overshadow you with his love in your time of great pain and sorrow. Manuel would want you to go on living now; he would want you to be happy.
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