7/15/70 – 9/11/01
Firefighter Michael Edward Roberts from Engine 214 in Brooklyn‚ New York‚ wanted to become a firefighter since he was a young boy. He practically grew up in a firehouse in Brooklyn!
He was driven to follow in his father’s footsteps. Michael’s dad‚ John‚ and his uncle‚ Bob‚ were both firefighters before him. Michael was honored to receive the badge that they passed on to him- # 6611. He was energetic‚ inquisitive and determined to learn as much as he could about firefighting. He often said to his mother with a huge smile on his face‚ ‘Ma‚ don’t worry. I’m going to be a hero and I’m not going to die.’ To his father he said‚ ‘Dad‚ if I have to die‚ I want to go in The Big One.’
And he did‚ at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11‚ 2001.
Michael was a happy‚ athletic‚ social and caring young man He was an altruistic human being. This man was the pivotal person in our family‚ community‚ social circles‚ work sites‚ etc. He was responsible and respectful and he always had a smile on his face. Joy has left our lives.
We love you Michael‚
Mom‚ Dad and Karen
‘Twas Heaven Here With You!
Respectfully submitted by Veronica Roberts‚ Michael’s Mom