I have chosen Michael, not because he deserves to be remembered more than anyone else. I have chosen him only because he is related to a close family member. Even though I didn't know him, my mother knew his brother, another Fred Lynch, and family and his parents. We waited prayed and anxiously awaited for news of him those days and weeks, and prayed even when hope was gone, for his family and all the victims of 9/11.
source Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation
Michael Lynch, died along with 342 other firefighters at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He loved his work and was permanently assigned to Ladder 32, Engine 62, also known as the "Gun Hill Gang" in The Bronx, New York, however for a few months before 9/11 he was temporarily assigned to Engine 40, Ladder 35 on the Upper Westside of Manhattan.
Michael was last seen entering WTC Building 4 at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets with other firefighters from Engine 40. This event was captured by a news cameraman which helped in identifying where and what happened to the twelve out of thirteen firefighters from E40/L35 that perished. They were headed to the lobby of Tower 2 and were in the South Tower when it fell.
When Michael's body was finally recovered on March 21, 2002, the Medical Examiner determined he was either carrying a woman or shielding her with his coat. Their remains were mingled. The family hopes that someday they will learn her identity.
The family has set up The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation - a scholarship program which provides grants to enable children of firefighters and other victims of the September 11 attacks and other fires and disasters to afford higher education.
Further information, pictures and a Guestbook can be found at the link above.
Contained herein is a quote from Jack Lynch, Michael's father about the Ground Zero memorial
Before I go close this tribute, I would like to share with you a poem and some pictures.
This wonderful poem was written by Michael's nephew, son of sister Maureen Lynch Baker.
YOU ARE MY UNCLE
A Poem, By Ryan Baker, Age 10
You are my uncle
You were a fireman
But when some towers collapsed
You have died with honor
You were my uncle
And a great picture of Michael as a boy which I find so cute and cool.
at Wine Strand, Co. Kerry, July 2004
Did you know that there were 3 Michael Lynch's killed that day?