On Thursday, March 22nd, around 11:00pm, a fire broke out in a Harlem building that was the set for an Edward Norton movie 'Motherless Brooklyn'. Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, from Engine Company 69 was assigned the nozzle. Davidson was separated from his unit and was found unconscious by other firefighters. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Davidson served the FDNY for 15 years and is the 1,150th member of the FDNY to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving the City of New York. Davidson is survived by his wife Eileen, and four children. His funeral was held on Tuesday, March 27th at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Thousands of firefighters, uniformed personnel, and mourners attended the funeral to honor their fallen brother and support his young family during this difficult time.
Our hearts break for FF Michael R. Davidson's wife, Eileen; his four children; his brother UFA Delegate Eric, E 88; his father Robert, Ret. L 28; and his brothers at Engine 69 and Ladder 28, and all of our FDNY family. Firefighter Davidson is a hero, and in his death embodies the title of 'Bravest'. His death is a reminder of the dangerous work New York City firefighters do every day in our city. Firefighter Michael R. Davidson's sacrifice will never be forgotten. Davidson was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on March 22, 2018.
This spring has been especially tragic as we also lost Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso and Captain Christopher T. Zanetis both of whom were serving in the military and died in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Tragically FDNY members continue to die from 9/11-related illnesses. Since the terrorist attacks, the toll continues upward as we have already lost over 175 members due to.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Update
In May, the UFA will be conducting itsin Atlantic City. I hope to see many of you at this annual event. Stay tuned to www.ufanyc.org for the most current updates.