Service was held
on October 6th, 2001
Best Job to Have Even as a child, Michael J. Lyons hung out
at a firehouse in his South Yonkers neighborhood.
He always thought firefighting was the best job to have. At
32, Mr. Lyons had grown up to be a firefighter himself with
Squad 41 in the Bronx, and before that, with Engine Company
44 on the Upper East Side. But Mr. Lyons was good not only at
putting out fires. A graduate of Manhattan College, he worked
as an engineer on the side to make extra money. His other jobs
included fixing roofs, driving a hot-dog truck and taking counter
orders at the Yonkers deli where he met his future wife, Elaine
(she was a waitress there). "He was always working," she said.
"There would be spans of two days when I wouldn't see him."
Mr. Lyons had started slowing down, though, after his daughter
Caitlyn was born 17 months ago on his birthday. He never had
the chance to meet his second daughter, Mary, who was born last
month and named after his late mother. Mrs. Lyons gave the baby
the middle name Michael. Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
on December 7, 2001.