Skip to comments.2996: A 9-11 Tribute to Micahel D. D’Auria
Posted on 09/10/2006 11:18:39 PM PDT by TheConservativeCitizen
Five years have passed since the tragic attacks on September 11th, 2001. On that day the dark hand of terror and war reached out and snatched away nearly three thousand of our fellow countrymen in an orgy of fire and wanton destruction. I distinctly remember sitting on the couch as I prepared to leave for work and watching the amazing images flash across the TV screen. In that moment I knew that the course of our nation had taken a dramatic turn and that our lives would be changed forever.
Today I honor Michael D. DAuria, age 25.
Michael came from a strong and proud Sicilian family with a deep history of firefighters. He was known to his family and friends as a sweet and kindhearted man, unusually reflective and sensitive, very understanding and a true and wonderful person and friend, and as a great guy, always funny, always smiling. He sought to follow the family tradition of serving others and became a firefighter. He had only been a firefighter for about 9 weeks when the fateful call went out to Engine 40 - Ladder 35, and sent Michael responding to only his second fire as a fireman.
Michael was also known for his culinary skills. He graduated from the New York Restaurant School, Manhattan, in 1994, and worked in various Brooklyn and Manhattan restaurants before coming to Staten Island in 1999 to work at La Fontana, Oakwood, and Giovanni's Cafe, Eltingville. His relatives in the department jokingly advised him not to tell anyone he was a chef. But he enjoyed it so much and was so proud of his skill that he would often stay and cook for the next shift at the firehouse. One firefighter said, "when we saw Mike's name on the board we knew we were going to eat good that night."
No tribute or memories can compare to a mothers. Below are a few words from Michaels mother, Nancy Marra, published shortly after 9-11 which I have taken the liberty of republishing here.
Michael D'Auria was a very warm and loving young man who had a purpose in life. It was somewhat of a struggle getting there but he knew what his goal was and he succeeded. His entire life he wanted to be a fireman.
He was sworn into the department on May 2, 2001 after receiving 100 percent on both the written and physical tests. He was so proud to be a part of the FDNY.
Mike was a chef at various restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. When he graduated from high school, he went to culinary school since he had been too young at that time to take the fire department test.
Michael loved getting tattoos, but they each had a very special meaning to him, e.g. St. Michael the Archangel on his right shoulder. He felt he was his protector. Mike began painting last year. Something he never tried before, but when he did he had such a talent that people were just amazed seeing his paintings.
Most of all, Michael was a caring, giving person. He literally would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. Michael was a hero to many people over the years, now he's a HERO to all.
As I sit here and write, I cry because my heart aches but I know you are happy now, Michael. You knew life here was only a small part of a very big picture. Michael made a statement to his sister, Christina, several months before September 11: "I know when I die it's going to be in a big way and it's going to change the world." How right you were my son.
Always and forever in our hearts.
Michaels only crime was that he was being born in the land of the free and the home of the brave. None of the victims of that day deserved the fate that they received, but they all deserve the honor and tributes that they are receiving this day. Their deaths deserve to be remembered always as the ultimate sacrifice for this nation and its people. Their memories serve as the catalyst for this nation to unite in its determination to stand against those who would seek to destroy the shining city on a hill.
Today we remember Michael and the sacrifice he made five years ago for the rest of us. We join in solidarity with his family on this day and grieve with them as they once again relive his loss and remember his life. Thank you Michael for your dedication to serving your fellow citizens and for giving your life as you sought to help save the lives of others. You may be gone, but you are not forgotten.
-David M. Huntwork
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