September 11, 2009

Project 2,996 Sept. 11 Tribute: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke always wanted to be a firefighter. "When he was young, he just loved to sit in the engines at the firehouse," Michael's father Jack once said. And so, at age 27, joined the fire department in 1998. In 2001, he was transferred from Staten Island to Manhattan's Engine 8 and Ladder 2. Michael was excited about this move as "there was much more action in Manhattan."

September 11 was a scheduled day off for Michael, but he went in to work because he switched days with another firefighter.

Michael was a top student and star hockey player at Wagner College. Wagner retired his number (34) in remembrance of him. And as a perfect example of how people miss the "small" things in life, Michael's father Jack says he misses his son's daily phone calls. "He'd call everyday. He'd say, 'Hi Pop, how are you doing?'"

(See Portraits 9/11/01.)

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Posted by Hube at September 11, 2009 12:01 AM | TrackBack

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My brother in law was on the 51st floor of the north tower. The stairwells were hot so the firefighters directing the evacuation smashed open vending machines to give the escapees drinks. At about the 20th floor a firefighter handed my brother in law a bottle of water. He realized that less than an hour later that man was dead.

I don't know if it was Michael Clarke, but it could have been.

Posted by: soccer dad at August 21, 2009 09:44 AM

Wow ...

Posted by: Hube at August 21, 2009 01:05 PM

We lost so much that day. Thank you for remembering Michael Clarke. Never forget.

Posted by: Cathy at September 10, 2009 09:19 PM

It's an honor, Cathy. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

Posted by: Hube at September 10, 2009 09:29 PM

So many lives lost; it's so hard to read all these stories. I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

Posted by: Alicia at September 11, 2009 09:03 PM

Never forget the heroes from that tragic day and the innocent lives lost...being a social studies teacher, I spent each class presenting my heroes/never forget lessons...question, why isn't our national education department pushing/advertising/promoting lesson plans for 9-11 but are creating lesson plans to promote pres. obama's speech to school children?!? I know, I know, if you look you can probably find some, but I bet they are of the 'why can't we all get along' variety....etc...but no promotion of such lesson plans at all.....

Posted by: cardinals fan at September 12, 2009 01:59 PM