Michael was a fun loving guy who always had a smile on his face. From when he was a little boy‚ he wanted to be a fireman. He joined the FDNY at 21.
Michael began his career at Engine 54‚ Ladder 4‚ Battalion 9‚ located at 48th and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The house is known as ‘The Pride of Midtown.’ After Michael completed his training at the Fire Academy‚ he was assigned to Engine 54. After Michael completed his first year‚ he had to complete a required rotation. He went to a firehouse in Queens for one year and then to a Brooklyn house the following year. Michael loved the job at all locations but wanted to return to his house in Midtown. Mike returned to Engine 54 and moved over to Ladder 4.
Michael was studying to take the Lieutenant test in October 2001. On September 11‚ 2001‚ Michael and 14 other members of his house answered the call. Michael died a hero‚ doing what he loved. He earned 2 citations during his career.
Michael loved to snowboard and ski. He also enjoyed water sports. He was a skilled tiler and plumber.
Michael had a heart of gold and was always willing to help others. On July 19‚ 2002‚ the street where Michael grew up was renamed Michael Brennan Way.
His parents‚ stepparents‚ 4 sisters‚ and 4 brothers admired him and miss him dearly.
Michael‚ we will never forget you. Michael lived and loved life. He will be greatly missed.