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Michael Brennan
Age: 28
Occupation: Firefighter
Worked for: FDNY
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Resided in: Sunnyside
School: St. Francis Prep
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I can see Mike in Heaven, talking the ears off the angels. I can't think of him without smiling -- the memories are so rich with his spirit. He was exhuberant, loyal, courageous, loving, funny, talkative (did I already say that?). I believe God calls special people to be firefighters. Mike is special. God rest him.
-- Pat Brennan ()
09 Nov 2001

From NY Times Nov 28, 2001

Michael Emmett Brennan: Mikey B. the Prankster

His birth certificate said Michael Emmett Brennan, but everyone knew him as Mikey B. And if there was fun to be had, he would find it.

Growing up in a large Irish family in Queens, Mikey Brennan, 27, would delight in throwing a bucket of cold water on his brother Brian when he was in the shower. When his brother retaliated by smearing Vaseline in his hair, he could see the humor just as easily. "He looked like the Fonz for about three weeks," Mr. Brennan recalled. And he could keep a secret. "I found out about all these little pranks after the fact," said his mother, Eileen Walsh. "And I said, `That's my Mike?' "

As a child he was fascinated with police officers and firefighters; his favorite television show was "CHiPs." So it was no surprise to his family when he left college in 1995 to become a firefighter. "He had a passion for it," Ms. Walsh said, adding that he was continually working to improve his skills. He answered the call on Sept. 11 with Ladder Company 4.

"I've never been in a fire," Mr. Brennan said, "but if I were, I would want Mikey to bring me out."

Yet his hard work never took the twinkle out of the eye of Mikey Brennan, an avid snowboarder and surfer who lived in Woodside, Queens. About a year ago at a family gathering, Ms. Walsh said, one of her daughters was talking about body piercing. "Oh, please, don't get your tongue pierced," Ms. Walsh pleaded. With that, everyone started laughing as Mikey Brennan stuck out his tongue to show off his brand-new stud.

"While living," Mr. Brennan said, "he lived."
-- Anon (Friend { })
11 Dec 2001

Five Brennans among dead and missing at World Trade Center

Five Brennans are among those reported dead or missing in the terror attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11.

The Long Island, N.Y., newspaper Newsday has the most comprehensive list of victims posted online. You can find it online at http://cf1.newsday.infi.net/911/victimsearch.cfm

According to Newsday, there were three Brennans working in the World Trade Center who are dead or missing. Edward A. "Ted" Brennan and Frank Brennan worked at the bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald, where about 700 of 1,000 New York-based employees died. They have both been declared dead. Tom Brennan, an employee of Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP, was declared missing.

The other two, both declared missing, were among the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who rushed into the buildings to help evacuate people just before the collapses.

Michael Brennan was a Manhattan firefighter in Division 3, Battalion 9. Peter Brennan worked at Rescue 4 in Staten Island. Newsday has a lengthy story and photo of Peter Brennan at this web address http://cf1.newsday.infi.net/911/victimsearch2.cfm?id=417

Tom Brennan, the honorary clan leader of the Brennans and a New York lawyer, reports that one of his daughters worked at the World Trade Center. Through luck, she escaped the disaster.

"Beth, a former Manhattan assistant D.A. who's now with the Enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, had an office on the 37th floor of the north tower of the world Trade Center. Thank God, she had taken Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off (having made the arrangements only the week before). All of her office-mates made it out safely, but with some horror stories to tell," Tom writes.

All of the Brennans express their condolences and sympathies to the families who lost loved ones. We can only hope that justice is done to those responsible for this senseless, misguided and evil act.
-- Jay Dooling (Friend {})
27 Dec 2001

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