9/11 remembrance: Firefighter Michael Carroll
12:12 p.m. EDT September 6, 2016
This article was originally published Sept. 8, 2013
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“Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
In the spring of 1986, 24-year-old Mike Carroll had an important decision to make.
A brilliant kid, he had graduated second in his class of 300 at LaSalle Academy, an achievement that earned him an engineering scholarship from Manhattan College. He used that degree to land a well-paying job in the new and growing tech division of AT&T. But something gnawed at this quiet but hard-wired young man who was coming to the realization that a shirt and tie, a desk, and the stultifying routine of a corporate existence were not for him.
Michael Thomas Carroll was born and raised in Yorkville, the upper East Side, working-class, predominantly Irish neighborhood where, despite its location in a city the size of New York, everybody knows everybody. He was the fourth and final child produced by the union of Bill and Jean Carroll, following brother Bill Jr., and sisters Eileen and Nancy.
Bill Sr. (1928-2012) was a proud product of America’s Greatest Generation — Navy veteran, iron-worker, and then a fearless New York City firefighter. “Pop” was the larger-than-life, old school, family patriarch familiar to millions of baby boom generation homes. As a second-job steam-fitter, he had installed sprinklers in the World Trade Center. Until he retired, big Bill Carroll answered the fire bells in the night as a member of Hook & Ladder Company No. 3 at 108 E. 13th St. in the East Village. Pop’s older son, Bill Jr., would follow in his father’s large footsteps, eventually becoming a captain and in charge of the same Ladder 3 firehouse.
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I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1984.
May He Continue Rest Peace,
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Carroll, Michael [MC1984 RIP]
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