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Michael Joseph Cawley
Birth: Apr. 6, 1969
Jackson Heights
Queens County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 2001
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

New York City Fire Department, Ladder 136, Firefighter


Born to parents: John and Margaret Cawley.
Brother: Brendon Cawley
Sister: Kristen Cawley

Michael's desire to become a part of the F.D.N.Y. began when he was a young boy. Michaels father was an officer in the Knights of Columbus Hudson Council in Woodside, Queens, located just blocks from the firehouses of Ladder Company 163, Engine Company 292 and Rescue Company 4. Michaels father would often bring him to visit these firehouses. The firefighters always enjoyed these visits from Michael and Michael always enjoyed learning about firefighting and playing on the trucks. The memory of those firehouse visits stayed with him throughout his formative years. July 1, 1995, Michael brought his lifelong dream to a reality when he entered into the New York City Fire Department Academy.

On September 11, 2001 Michael's life. like that of so many of his brother firefighters, was tragically cut short when he responded with Rescue Company 4 to the terrorist attacks of The World Trade Center. The previous night, Michael had been covering a shift for a fellow firefighter at Engine Company 292. He had been relieved of his duties early on the morning of Sept 11th. When the report of the disaster came of the World Trade Center, Michael jumped aboard the truck and rode into Manhatten determined to help save lives. Ironically, Michael spent his last time as a firefighter working with the same firetrucks he use to play on.
Michael J. Cawley lived and died with a passion to help people. He lived each day learning and growing and would bring his growth and new knowledge with him into each succeeding day. A friend once summed up Michael saying, "To him it wasnt the years in his life, but the life in his years"

The biography for Firefighter Michael J. Cawley may be found on this web site:

I became facinated with this young man because of a long distance email friend I had who lived in Queens, NY. When this tragedy happened she emailed me that she had ordered me a memory bracelet and that the money on sales was going to the NY Firefighters. I hope to this day that is true. Anyway she said we'd get whatever name they gave us and so I was lucky to get Michael J. Cawley - who in my opinion is a true American Hero and so are all his commrades who place thier lives in danger daily. God Bless them all who perished in 9-11 and God Bless those left to carry on. 
National September 11 Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Panel S-11
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
Record added: Apr 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19095325
Michael Joseph Cawley
Added by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
Michael Joseph Cawley
Added by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
Michael Joseph Cawley
Added by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
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God bless you and thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Sep. 16, 2016

- Little Lady
 Added: Sep. 12, 2016
~Rest In Heavenly Peace~
- Kerstin
 Added: Sep. 11, 2016
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