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    A funeral for Brooklyn Firefighter Michael Ragusa will be held Sept. 8, 2003 — making him the last of the 343 firefighters killed in the World Trade Center attack to have a service in his memory.
    Like more than 1,000 other families, Ragusa's loved ones waited for two years for the medical examiner to call and say remains of the 29-year-old firefighter from Engine 279 in Red Hook had been identified. But unlike other families, the Ragusas decided not to hold any kind of service until that call came.

    It never did.

    "You come to realize you cannot do this to yourself forever — this could go on for years," Michael's mother, Dee Ragusa, said yesterday. "He's gone."
    Instead of remains, the Ragusas will bury a vial of Michael's blood, which he had donated to a bone marrow center. A coffin containing the blood will be lowered into the ground at Staten Island's Resurrection Cemetery, next to where his friend and fellow 9/11 victim, Firefighter Carl Molinaro, is buried.
    "I dread it," Dee said of the burial, which will follow a funeral at St. Bernard's Church in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, where Michael was born and raised. A wake will be held the day before.
    "I could have lived the rest of my life never having to bury any of my children," she said. "But my son deserves to be laid to rest. ... It's only a vial of blood, but to us ... it's Michael."
    The Ragusas watched as, within the first months after the attacks, the families of other victims held services.
    "We marveled at people that rushed into memorials before they even had a body," Dee said. "Michael was too full of life to think of him as dead so quickly."
    Some wondered why the Ragusas were waiting. But it's a personal decision, she said, one that's different for each family.
    Dee always knew she would feel when the time was right to bury her son. That moment struck her on the way home from the wedding of her youngest son in July, when she turned to her husband, Vincent, and said, "Honey, it's time."
    Given the way he died, Dee was happier in the end that pieces of Michael, the son "who would bug you to death but you could never get mad at him," weren't identified. "I don't think I could handle that, either," she said.
    Dee wanted to hold the service before the two-year anniversary of the attacks, and next weekend was the only one that worked.
    The anniversary shouldn't be any more difficult than the rest of the year, said Dee, who spent last Sept. 11 holding an impromptu memorial for Michael, and all the other victims, at her home.
    She doesn't plan to visit Ground Zero this year, either. His memory is all over her house, she said, down to sneakers that still sit in front of her washroom.
    "My son isn't there," she said of the Trade Center site. "My son is here."
    Still, the funeral for Michael will be a "full-blown service," with representatives from the FDNY and Mayor Bloomberg's office expected.
    Her husband "said my son deserves what everybody else got," she said.
    The Ragusas are the second firefighter family to bury a vial of blood. A vial from 22-year-old Firefighter Michael Cammarata, the youngest FDNY victim of the terror attacks, was buried in June.
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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  • #2
    May FF Michael Ragusa rest in Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


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    • #3


      Very poignant and moving. Thank you Ray for sharing with us.

      May Michael now Rest in Peace.

      NEVER FORGET.
      September 11th - Never Forget

      I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

      Sheri
      IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
      Honorary Flatlander

      RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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      • #4
        ^

        Ditto.... God Bless all the members of FDNY and their families! AMEN
        09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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        IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
        "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
        BMI Investigator
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        The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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        • #5
          Amen. May he rest in piece with the rest of the heroic brothers of the FDNY.

          FyredUp
          Crazy, but that's how it goes
          Millions of people living as foes
          Maybe it's not too late
          To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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          • #6
            Michael Ragusa
            Firefighter
            Assigned to Engine 250
            on rotation to Engine 279
            WAKE AND FUNERAL SERVICE
            FOR FF MICHAEL P. RAGUSA

            A Wake and Funeral Service will be offered to honor the memory of Firefighter Michael P. Ragusa of Engine Company 279, who made the supreme sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

            Details are:

            Wake:
            McManus Funeral Home, 4601 Ave N
            Date: Sunday September 7, 2003
            Viewing Hours: 2:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm

            Funeral:
            St. Bernards Church, 2055 East 69th Street, Brooklyn
            Date: Monday September 8, 2003
            Time: 9:30am

            All off duty members and their families are invited to attend

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            Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 09-03-2003, 07:27 AM.
            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
            343
            CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

            Charleston 9
            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
            *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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            • #7
              Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family.
              He never will be forgotten.

              Belgian Navy firefighting squad
              *The BOSS rules*

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              • #8
                May this bring peace and closure to his family and the knowledge that he will live on in their hearts. Rest in peace brother.
                IACOJ

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                • #9
                  His Funeral is Monday the 8th of September 2003
                  ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                  NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                  343
                  CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                  LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                  FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                  FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                  FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                  FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                  FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                  Charleston 9
                  "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                  *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                  • #10
                    Line of Duty Funeral Monday the 8th of September 2003"My son isn't there," she said of the Trade Center site. "My son is here." Still, the funeral for Michael will be a "full-blown service," with representatives from the FDNY and Mayor Bloomberg's office expected.
                    Her husband "said my son deserves what everybody else got," she said.
                    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                    343
                    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                    Charleston 9
                    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                    • #11
                      peace be with the families

                      May you rest in peace my brother, in the insureance
                      that you will never be forgotten.

                      May god bring peace to all the families of that
                      who lost someone on that horrific day.
                      Gods Speed to our Troops!

                      If you can't stand the heat, Get out of my way !!!
                      MEMBER OF I.A.C.O.J.

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                      • #12
                        Gone but not forgotten...Rest in peace brother.
                        TW

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                        • #13
                          Remember Michael Ragusa and Brothers

                          On that day LODD
                          Engine 279 FDNY
                          Ronnie Henderson
                          Michael Ragusa
                          Anthonie Rodriquez

                          Ladder / Tower 131 FDNY
                          Christian Regenhard

                          Pray for our brothers.
                          -----------------------------------
                          More about Michael..
                          http://www.fallenbrothers.com/commun...s=&forumid=326
                          Attached Files
                          Last edited by neildonahue; 09-08-2003, 01:53 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Rest in Peace...
                            IACOJ

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                            • #15
                              Farewell for WTC firefighter, last of 343 to have ceremony

                              Mike: 'One is too many, 343 is almost too much to bear'


                              THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


                              A vial of Michael Ragusa’s blood was placed in a coffin and taken to his funeral on a firetruck Monday as the fallen hero became the last World Trade Center firefighter to be memorialized.
                              Mayor Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Michael Scoppetta, former Mayor Giuliani and over ten thousand firefighters in dress uniform saluted the firetruck as it made its way to the Church of St. Bernard, in the Bergen Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn where Ragusa was born and raised.
                              The truck was followed by a limousine with members of Ragusa’s family: father Vincent, mother Dee, two brothers, one sister and fiance Jennifer Trapani.
                              The 29-year-old’s remains have never been identified, so his family decided to bury a vial of blood that Ragusa had donated to a bone marrow center.
                              Inside the packed 500-seat sanctuary, Bloomberg referred to Ragusa’s funeral as being the last memorial for any of the 343 firefighters who perished in the terrorist attack.
                              “One is too many — 343 is almost too much to bear,” he said.
                              Giuliani, who received loud applause as he got up to speak, reflected on the number of funerals he attended for firefighters when he was mayor.
                              “I remember them in the rain, in the snow, sometimes 12 funerals a day, but (the fire department) gave each member a service and the honor they deserved.”
                              Scoppetta spoke directly to the Ragusa family, saying: “It’s not in the natural order of things for a child to predecease his parents, and so we know that our grief doesn’t measure against yours.”
                              On Sunday, hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues gathered at a funeral home to pay their respects at Ragusa’s wake.
                              Many families of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001, held services even when remains were not found for their loved ones, but Ragusa’s family delayed an official ceremony until now.
                              “It was a very personal decision for the family,” said Gerry Sweeney, of Ladder Co. 131, who was the fire department’s liaison with the family. “They really didn’t want to go through a memorial service and then hear that a piece of Michael had been recovered and have to go through it again, but I guess they’d figured enough time had passed.”
                              Of the 2,792 people who died in the attack, the medical examiner has identified remains of just over half.
                              Ragusa was described by many as a fun-loving guy who loved work and had a penchant for cars and softball. Photos around the viewing room at a funeral home in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn showed Ragusa in many lights — smiling as a child, hugging his girlfriend, driving his car and fighting a fire.
                              Dozens of firefighters in formal dress and others in work attire who had taken a break from their shifts passed through to offer the family their condolences and pay their respects.
                              Sweeney said the service provided some sense of relief to many firefighters who had attended scores of funerals and memorials for their friends and co-workers.
                              “For a lot of us who have dealt with all these wakes and the funerals, this closes some sort of a chapter, for the whole department,” he said.
                              Ragusa was a firefighter with Engine Co. 279, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.
                              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                              NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                              343
                              CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                              LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                              Charleston 9
                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                              *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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