We will always remember your kindness and your beautiful smile!
Tom and Allison Milantoni, friends
I am writing a tribute for my heroic cousin Michael Edward Roberts. Michael made the supreme sacrifice on September 11, 2001, when he gave his life for a country he loved so dearly. Besides loving his country, Michael was passionate about his career as a New York City firefighter. Michael was always trying to make our world a better place, whether it was by running into a burning building or being there for his family and friends. He was a firefighter for only three years. I know for sure they were the best three years of his life, because this was his dream as a boy growing up in his father's firehouse. His shield No. 6611 was a number passed down from his Uncle Bob, who is a retired firefighter, to his father John, a retired NYC firefighter, then to Michael, who wore it proudly. When Michael became a NYC firefighter, I remember my grandmother being concerned. She asked Michael why he would want to take a job where his life was in danger. Michael responded, "Grandma, when you see a fireman on his way to work, they always have a smile on their face and that is because they love their job. I'll be OK." Although my family grieves this tragic loss, we can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride. We are proud to be the family of Michael E. Roberts, a man of love, commitment, bravery and spirit. That spirit and beautiful light that always surrounded him will fill our hearts forever. Thank you, Michael, for being our hero and angel.
Christie Fox, cousin
Our prayers go out to Michael Roberts of Engine 214 and his beloved family.
The Thomas Family, friends