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Martin McWilliams
Age: 35
Occupation: Firefighter Engine Co. 22
Worked for: FDNY
Originally from: Kings Park, NY
Resided in:
School: Kings Park High School
College:
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Other links: Family Grieves 1st of 4 Lost: New York Newsday
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From NY Times Nov 8, 2001

'Jack-of-All-Trades'

There are men who are handy around the house, and then there was Martin McWilliams. At age 4, he grabbed a screwdriver from his father's toolbox -- correctly choosing a Phillips head -- and dismantled the neighbors' storm door. When he grew up, there was no stopping him from tiling kitchens, installing new windows and siding, or putting up wallpaper. "He could do just about everything," said his mother, Mary, said. "He was always ready to help."

Mr. McWilliams, 35, a firefighter with Engine Company 22 on the Upper East Side, had many other talents. He knew his way around cars and left behind several, including a 1963 Mustang, at his mother's house in Kings Park, N.Y. He was a fine skier and an accomplished cook, whose chicken francese was a family favorite.

But there was one skill Mr. McWilliams lacked. "He could appreciate a joke, but he could never tell one," said his younger sister, Lynn McWilliams. "He would always mess up the punch line."

Toward the end of Mr. McWilliams's life, he became a father for the first time. The baby, Sara, is now six months old. "I'm in love with her," he used to tell his family.
-- Anon ()
23 Nov 2001

Thank you, Martin. You are a true hero!
God bless your family. Rest in God's sweet peace.
DeeAnn McWilliams Donner
Manila, ARkansas
-- DeeAnn McWilliams Donner (Friend {Thankful American})
11 Dec 2001

Martin,
IT'S NOW BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE YOU BECAME ONE OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST HEROES. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND MY HEART. MY PRAYERS GO TO YOUR FAMILY, YOUR MOM , BARBARA, JOE AND LYNN, AND ESPECIALLY TO LISA AND YOUR DAUGHTER SARA WHO SHOULD NOW BE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW MUCH OF A HERO HER DADDY WAS. LOVE AND MISS YA MARTIN, NIKKI WITTELSOHN
-- NIKKI WITTELSOHN (Friend {})
12 Sep 2004

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