Wake Held for NYC Firefighter

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Friends and family of Michael Davidson will gather again on Monday to remember the 37-year-old firefighter.

A wake is being held at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home on Long Island, with a funeral scheduled for Tuesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

Davidson was killed last Thursday when responding to a fire at a building on St. Nicholas Avenue, where the movie "Motherless Brooklyn" was being filmed.  The movie stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin.

"I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson," Norton said in a statement on Instagram.

The fire started in the basement of the building.  The film crew noticed smoke and alerted authorities.  Davidson, a 15-year veteran of the FDNY, was among those who responded.  At some point while battling the fire, Davidson became separated from the other firefighters.  He was later found unconscious and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced on Saturday that Davidson had been posthumously promoted to Lieutenant.

“Lieutenant Davidson was a natural-born leader and dedicated member of the FDNY who died fighting and serving our city,” Commissioner Nigro said in a statement. “He had all the qualities of an officer and more – his promotion is well-deserved.”

“I worked with his father, Bobby Davidson, and I met Mike as a young boy and watched him grow up and come to the Fire Department. I also taught him in the Fire Academy, and it was nice to watch a friend’s son following in his father’s footsteps. Mike was a leader. He was on the Lieutenant list and he would have made a terrific Lieutenant. He could take charge, he could take direction, he had all the qualities that would make a good officer,” says #FDNY Captain Robert E. Allen, a 34-year veteran of the FDNY who served with Lt. Michael Davidson at #Engine69. Lt. Davidson made the Supreme Sacrifice on March 23 after suffering critical injuries sustained while fighting a 5-alarm fire in Harlem. Today, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Davidson was a 15-year veteran of the Department and, on four different occasions, he was cited for bravery and life-saving actions. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their four children; Brooke, age 7; Joseph, age 6; Emily, age 3; and Amy, age 1. Lt. Davidson is the son of retired Firefighter Robert Davidson, who served the Department for 26 years (primarily in the same firehouse as his son); and the brother of Firefighter Eric Davidson, an 11-year veteran, of Engine Company 88 in the Bronx. . . . . . The @fdnyfoundation joins the FDNY in mourning the line of duty death of Lt. Michael R. Davidson. Donations to benefit the children of Lt. Davidson can be made by visiting www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/ and selecting “Firefighter Michael Davidson’s Children’s Educational Fund” from the drop-down menu.

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Davidson was cited for bravery and life saving actions on four occasions.  He's the son of a retired firefighter and his brother is a firefighter in the Bronx.  Davidson leaves behind a wife, Eileen, and four young children.

"Our city lost a hero and we honor the sacrifice of one of New York City’s bravest – his death is a heartbreaking tragedy and 8.5 million New Yorkers are in solidarity with his family,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

Donations can be made to the FDNY Foundation's Firefighter Michael Davidson's Children's Education Fund at www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate or by calling (718) 999-0779.  Donations can also be made through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.tunnel2towers.org.


Photo Credit:  Alice Stockton-Rossini

"Mike had the nozzle at that fire. We had a difficult fire, and he sustained a burn injury but continued on to put out another two rooms in the apartment until we were finally relieved. That's dedication. That's heart. Here's a Firefighter with a tough job already, and then he sustains an injury, but he continued working hard until that fire was out," says #FDNY Lt Ray McCormack, #Engine69, who operated at the scene of a 3-alarm fire in 2005, in which Lt. Michael Davidson continued to fight the fire even after sustaining burn injuries to both hands. The members of Engine 69 were awarded a citation for their heroic actions. Firefighter Pete Driscoll says, "What he was able to do that night was amazing. He made the rest of us look great, we all got his credit that night because he did such a good job. He didn't stop. Where some people might back up and start again, Mike didn't stop. There was no stopping him. Room after room of fire, where some may stop and back up and try again, he just kept going." Lt. Michael Davidson made the Supreme Sacrifice on March 23, 2018, after suffering critical injuries sustained while fighting a 5-alarm fire in Harlem. He was a 15-year veteran of the Department and, on four different occasions, he was cited for bravery and life-saving actions. Lt. Davidson is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their four children; Brooke, age 7; Joseph, age 6; Emily, age 3; and Amy, age 1. He is the son of retired Firefighter Robert Davidson, who served the Department for 26 years (primarily in the same firehouse as his son); and the brother of Firefighter Eric Davidson, an 11-year veteran, of Engine Company 88 in the Bronx. . . . . . The @fdnyfoundation joins the FDNY in mourning the line of duty death of Lt. Michael R. Davidson. Donations to benefit the children of Lt. Davidson can be made by visiting www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/ and selecting “Firefighter Michael Davidson’s Children’s Educational Fund” from the drop-down menu.

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