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In Tribute to Michael Kiefer
25 years old.   Residence: Hempstead, N.Y.
Died in World Trade Center

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9-11 is one of those events that will never be forgotten by those watching, especially New Yorkers. I happened to be on Youtube at 5AM listening to Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge when I noticed a sidebar that included a memorial from Michael's dad in which he spoke of his love of Johnny's music. In realizing what the clip was encompassing, I began to cry, and I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for your loss and that I extend my friendship whenever you are in Connecticut. I also dedicate my Brooklyn Bridge songs to Michael.

With All Respect,
Howard Gale

*** Posted by Howard Gale on 2011-02-08 ***

I live in Jupiter, Florida, and today I received a dollar bill as change. I noticed the stamp in red: FDNY FF MICHAEL KIEFER REMEMBER 9-11-01. When I saw the stamp, I immediately looked up Michael on line. What a great guy! I am so sorry for your loss! My hope is that this dollar bill has traveled the country, touching lives and making people remember that tragic day. I also hope people who had this bill in their possession took the time to look up Michael and the rest of the HEROES who made the ultimate sacrifice that day. I feel honored to have come across this bill when I did. I know there are so many people going through so much these days, and the holiday season just intensifies everything. So to come across such a simple reminder really helps put life in perspective. I serve with several men and women who either have family or friends who passed away that day, so, from one public servant to another, thank you for your service.

*** Posted by Brian Popilek on 2010-12-16 ***

I never knew Michael, but his story touched me. I attended his memorial service when I was a volunteer fire fighter, and I heard all those stories about the boy who wanted his entire life to be a fire fighter and finally accomplished his goal, about how he was a man who was selfless and cared so much for others, and about the love he had for his family. Michael is an inspiration to me: I try to be like him in my own way, working hard toward the goals that matter to me and always letting my friends and family know how much they mean to me. God bless him.

*** Posted by Frank Trezza on 2010-11-23 ***

I graduated with Michael from St. Mary's in 1994. I knew Michael as the nice, handsome boy who loved to surf. My heart sank when I heard that he was taken on 9/11. I just want to let others know that I think of Michael often. When I see our flag, a fire engine, or pass by St.Mary's, I can't help but stop and think about Michael. I will never forget him. May God bless his family and friends.

*** Posted by Katie on 2010-11-10 ***

My dad received change from a purchase in Michigan about four years ago, and stamped on that dollar note was FDNy FF Michael Kiefer - Remember 9-11-01. He has carried that note with him to remind him of the sacrifice made by many. Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers, and we will continue to lift you up!

The Hook family (Oakland, MI)

*** Posted by Lisa on 2010-09-18 ***

I never knew him, but I still feel sorrow for him and his family.

During the movie at this link at 6:28, there is someone holding a poster with his photo and name. Rest in peace, Micheal Kiefer. You are a true hero.


*** Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-13 ***

To the Kiefer Family:
I didn't know Mr. Michael Kiefer and my thoughts and prayers go out to his everyone. Yesterday in Nashville, TN we had a Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 110 stories to remember 343 Firefighters that give everything to save someone that didn't know. I'm a Firefighter for Lexington Fire Dept in Lexington, TN And had the chance to honor him by carrying Mr. Michael Kiefer's picture around my neck as I climbed the 110 Stories with full gear and air-pack on. Just want to say thank you for everything he did for us.

*** Posted by Kyle Downard on 2010-09-12 ***

Michael, recuerdo ver tu foto junto a un montón de camisetas en el MEMORIAL que se hizo en honor a las víctimas del 11-S junto al Hotel Casin-o New York, New York... Te hice una foto y te viniste conmigo de vuelta a España, quiero que sepas que sin conocerte de nada, estás en mi recuerdo, y hoy en este aniversario y en tu honor, estás en mi perfil de Facebook, hoy todos mis amigos te han conocido y seguro que como yo, nunca de olvidarán....
Rosa María García from Spain....

[Michael, I remember seeing your photo next to a pile of shirts in the MEMORIAL done in honor of the victims of the 11-S next to the Hotel Casin-o New York, New York... I took a photo of you and you came with me back to Spain. I want you to know that without knowing you at all, you're in my memory, and today, in this anniversary and in your honor you are in my Facebook profile. Today, all my friends have gotten to know you and surely, just like me, they won't ever forget you....
Rosa María García from Spain....]

*** Posted by Rosa María García on 2010-09-11 ***

I never knew Michael but I met his parents outside of Quest in Garden City 4 years ago. I was waiting to find out whether my pregnancy was viable after just having a miscarriage. It was there that these two wonderful people shared their story with me. I have always wanted to tell them thank you, because I was pregnant and have a 3yr old daughter. Every night when I put her and her sister to bed I think of you, the family, and of your loss. I kiss my girls and am thankful for them. I cherish each day with them more than I ever would have, had I never met the Kiefer family. I have not forgotten your son, a man I never knew. I think of him every night and am grateful for the sacrifice that he made and the 10,000 lives he saved 9 years ago. Thank you for showing me that everyday is a gift and that tomorrow is not promised. God bless your family, Michele Mosca.

*** Posted by Michele Mosca on 2010-09-11 ***

I was recently cleaning out a closet in my apartment when I came across negatives from pictures. To my surprise, they were pictures of Mike and my brother in Key West, Florida, from a vacation that they took a few months before the Trade Center event. I was going to school in Miami, and they came down for some fishing and fun. The negatives show the boys how life should have remained — happy and fun. I choose to always remember Mike this way and how my brother is a better person for knowing him.

*** Posted by Stephanie O'Brien on 2010-09-11 ***

I haven't seen Mike since H.S, I remembered his love and dreams of being a fireman, they would make jokes b/c he would follow fire trucks when he was in school. I also never forgot his comment in the yearbook was about following his dream and being FDNY. I remember only a few things from H.S but Mike always stuck out, because he was such a wonderful person, he always had happy smile on, and his talk about the fire dept.

*** Posted by C.R on 2010-09-11 ***

Dearest Pat and Buddy,
I am not really sure what I want to say here, but I feel the need to say "something"....
Not a day goes by that I don't think of Michael... in fact, I feel a little better knowing that he is up there looking out for all of us.
I will always remember his desire to be a fireman. In fact, I know we still have an audio tape somewhere with his little 5-year old voice saying that he is going to grow up and be a "FIRE MAN". I remember his CHiPs motorcycle and us turning his room into a pretend burning building so that he could be a hero once again.
My ten-year old daughter talks of him like she knows him even though she was only a year and a half when he died.
As I am older, I realize just how truly lucky I was to have known Michael and just how blessed I am to have made so many wonderful memories with him growing up.
You, Michael, the girls, and of course, Boppy and Nanny, were such an integral part of my growing up. I want you to know that you are all forever in my heart and my dear childhood friend, Michael, will never be forgotten.

*** Posted by Nicole (Woltmann) Schmidt on 2010-09-10 ***

I will never forget you Mike! I've recently moved and while packing I've come across your memorial card and booklet. I'm now in the Rockville Centre/Oceanside area and driving down Long Beach road I've seen posters with your picture on them. I know you were a big part of the beach community down here (I think I remember you being a lifeguard and surfer) I keep running into pictures of you in the most unexpected places, too. I know you are sending them out there so we won't forget. Don't worry, my friend, we will NEVER forget the sacrifice you and all the other heroes have given!

*** Posted by Nancy on 2010-09-10 ***

Always thinking of you, Mike. Too young and too soon. We will never forget. Rest in peace.

*** Posted by Joe B. on 2010-09-10 ***

Still miss you, Mike. ♥

*** Posted by Pat Donlin on 2010-09-02 ***

My name is Joseph Kiefer, and having Michael Kiefer, which is actually my dad's name, is something within itself. I know this is many years later after all of this horrible tragedy happened, but I wanted to say that every time I see 9:11am on the clock, I think to myself of that fateful day. May something of this magnitude never happen again.

*** Posted by Joseph Michael Kiefer on 2010-08-03 ***

I got a Michael Kiefer-stamped 20-dollar-bill from my bank. I kept it until I had a moment to look up his name. As someone from the DC area and close to the Pentagon, 9-11 is not likely to be something I will ever forget. Thank you for this wonderful way to commemorate your fallen hero.

*** Posted by Mary on 2010-05-24 ***

I received a $20 bill a few days ago, and although it was stamped with bright red ink, I'm sad to say, I never even read it. Always busy, I guess. 2 toddlers.

At any rate, I was giving my husband some money, and he brought it to my attention. We eagerly decided to keep it as a souvenir, and I swapped out the special bill for a regular one.

5 minutes later, I visited this site and read some of the amazing posts. Although we don't personally know hero Kiefer, we immediately decided to keep the bill in circulation, to keep his memory alive. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

This is probably irrelevant, but my grandmother was born on September 11, and she touched many lives in a positive way also. I think of her often.

Thank you for allowing me to remember two great people at the same time. What a wonderful idea.

Peace for all, at the cost of none.

*** Posted by Veronica (Port Orange, FL) on 2010-04-20 ***

I opened my wallet this morning and pulled out a $1 bill with FDNY FF Michael Kiefer's memorial on it. What a wake up call! It's easy to push it to the back of your mind as more time goes by, but we need to remember and to try to live our lives the way Michael did ... selflessly, heroically. Thank you for putting this reminder out there, whoever did it. I was going to hold on to it, but I want to put it back out there so someone else can be reminded of the sacrifice Michael and others like him made.

*** Posted by Jeannie Roberts on 2010-04-05 ***

Mr. and Mrs. Kiefer,

I grew up around the corner from you on Roosevelt Street. While I am a couple of years older than Mike, I knew him from the neighborhood. I never knew anyone who was more destined for any career than your son. Fireman Mike was known throughout Franklin Square as the kid who was obsessed with fire fighting. My recollection of him riding his bicycle down our street on summer evenings with a scanner in his hand is quite clear. Little did I know that I would be reading about him in
Newsweek in the weeks following 9/11.

Right after 9/11, I thought about Mike, and wondered if Mike ever became an FDNY firefighter. I quickly found out from my sister Kristen that he did become a fire fighter and perished at the World Trade Center. Although I knew your son only casually, his story always stuck with me and I think of him each time I cross your street. Yesterday, my wife and I ran in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. When I signed up to run, I was asked if I would like to run in honor of someone, and I listed FF Michael Kiefer.

As my wife and I were running out of the tunnel we were passing all of the banners with the faces of the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives on 9/11. About half way through, I decided to try and find your son's banner, and I came upon it instantly. That was no strange coincidence. Anyway, I briefly shook the firefighter's hand who had the honor of holding your son's banner, and I told him I was running in honor of Mike. I finished the rest of the race, and went home.

I thought you could use a reminder that you son has not been forgotten and is an inspiration to others.

Adam Woods

*** Posted by Adam Woods on 2009-09-28 ***

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