Firefighter Michael Carlo
Engine 230

Memorial Service was held on
November 30, 2001

Firefighter Michael Carlo

Firefighter Michael Carlo, 36, was remembered yesterday as a work-hard, play-hard type, who starred on the FDNY's volleyball team though he stood only 5-feet-6.

A member of Engine Co. 230 in Brooklyn, he was one of 343 firefighters killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

"He is not just a memory, but a lesson to live and treasure life by giving it away," the Rev. Marcello LaTona told mourners at Holy Trinity Church in Whitestone, Queens.

Mayor Giuliani said: "The courage and dedication and the spirit that he showed doesn't happen by accident."

The mayor thanked Carlo's parents, Robert and Phyllis Carlo, for teaching those values. "Michael died a hero, he died an American hero and a patriot," Giuliani said.

The packed church gave the parents a standing ovation.

Carlo also leaves an older brother, Rob, a firefighter; and a sister, Nicole.

"It seemed the older we got, the closer we came," Rob Carlo said.

Rob Carlo said he and his brother had been taking sailing courses. The fallen firefighter's dream was to sail around the world.

"Michael understood how precious our time is on this Earth," his brother said. "We often went to fireman funerals together and talked openly about life and death."

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