Firefighter Michael J. Cawley Memorial Foundation

Honors

Since the events of September 11th, 2001, a number of tributes, honors and awards have been given to the family of Fire Fighter Michael J. Cawley in dedication to the supreme sacrifice he made at the World Trade Center.

preview imageSeptember of 2003, at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the International Association of Fire Fighters held a national tribute for all the fire fighters lost in the line of duty in 2001. Over 150 fire trucks led the procession followed by an honor guard of flags and representation of firemen from across the United States and Canada. Jets from the United States Air Force in magnificent formation flew overhead. The names of all the fire fighters lost in the line of duty were read as a bed was rung for each name in unisons. The names of each fire fighter were also etched into the granite wall in Pikes Peak. These names included the 343 New York City Fire Fighters that made the supreme sacrifice on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center. This flag was given to the Family of F.F. Michael J. Cawley at this ceremony.

preview imageOn January 20th, 2002, Archbishop Molloy High School and their alumni held the annual benefit for the Brother Ronald Marcellin Scholarship. At this event, Molloy Principle, Br. Roy, Presented this statue to Michael’s brother Brendan (class of ’92). At the bottom of the statue it reads, "Honoring Michael Cawley ’87, For His Commitment to Catholic Education, NON SCHOLAE SED VITAE".

preview imageNovember 3rd, 2002- The New York City Marathon ran by Kurt Steege in honor of his friend Michael Cawley. Kurt and Michael met as freshman at Archbishop Molloy H.S., ran together on the track team and remained close friends through college and the years after. Michael served as an usher in Kurt’s wedding party on May 21st, 1994. Kurt wore one of Michael’s firemen work shirts as he battled the streets of New York City on marathon Sunday. Kurt dedicated his run and gave this metal to Michael’s family.

preview imageThis navy blue teddy bear with wears the FDNY insignia on its chest with the embroided inscription on the back….” In Loving Memory Of Michael Cawley, Ladder 136, September 11th, 2001”…was sent to the Cawley family with the thoughts and prayers form the Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Salt Lake City, Utah.

preview imageThis replica of a monument, was given to the family of Fire Fighter Michael J. Cawley, by the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation for the supreme sacrifice he made on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

preview imageDecember 21st, 2002- Presented to the Family of Michael J. Cawley as a token of remembrance from the World Trade Center. Lee Ielpi, father of fallen fire fighter Jonathan Ielpi, conceived the idea of giving a piece of steel recovered from the Trade Center to each family of the 2,801 victims. Workers at the site collected the steel and the design firm of Whitehouse & Compan created the encasings. This piece represents the 343 fire fighters who died so that thousands of others could live.

preview imageThe FDNY #80 football jersey, which Michael wore, was presented to his family before the annual FDNY/NYPD football game at Giant Stadium on May 19th, 2002. Michael was just one of the 22 active and alumni members of the team that made the supreme sacrifice on September 11th at the World Trade Center.

preview imageThis statue, of two fire fighters rescuing a young child, was presented by the International Association of Fire Fighters to the family of Michael J. Cawley.

preview imageThis bracelet was made with the fine silver that was recovered from the World Trade Center. O the bracelet 9-11-01 is engraved with the 11 shown as the twin towers.

preview imageThis replica of the FDNY fire helmet was given to the Cawley family from the IAFF Local 1669 in loving memory of Michael and all the fallen fire fighters lost at the World Trade Center.