Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Boston in Vietnam. He received the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars‚ Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.
Henry Miller Jr., 52, was with Ladder 105 for 28 years. Three separate times he declined to retire because he loved being a firefighter.
Douglas C. Miller‚ a 34 year old firefighter with Rescue 5 in Staten Island‚ gave his life on 9/11. Doug was on the Department just shy of 6 years. He began his career as a firefighter with Ladder 172/Engine 330 in Brooklyn. Douglas was also an instructor at the Fire Training Center and an avid scuba diver.
Steve Mercado dedicated, and lost, his life to his profession, which he'd viewed as a calling. While growing up in the Bronx, Steve Mercado wanted to play for the Yankees. And even though he ended up becoming a firefighter, he did not exactly leave his boyhood dream behind.
Charles R. Mendez‚ also known as Chuck‚ was a member of FDNY Ladder Company #7 in Manhattan. He was on the job for nine years and as all firefighters do‚ he loved his job. Chuck and Kerri met in 1995 and were married two years later. They did not have any children but were trying to start a family.
On September 11, 2001, Raymond Meisenheimer was two months away from retiring after 20 years of service with the New York City Fire Department. He and his wife Joanne, their daughters Lauren and Kaitlynn were planning on moving from West Babylon, N.Y. to Holtsville .
Martin Edward McWilliams never wanted to be in the spotlight. He spent his life quietly doing for others‚ asking nothing in return. He was never one to anger and whenever called for advice or assistance‚ his response was always willing and helpful.
At 6'3," Timothy "Timmy" Patrick McSweeney was known as "The Big Guy" or "Gentle Giant," and his heart was as big as his stature.
The life of Terence McShane, so full and so brief, could be measured by his friendships. There were the buddies from St. Cyril and Methodius parish, St. Anthony's High School, life guarding, Siena College, rugby, his decade as a New York police officer, and the two years he spent as a city firefighter.
Robert McPadden had a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice but he wanted to be a firefighter. His late father Michael McFadden was a firefighter with the FDNY, retiring after 35 years as a Lieutenant.