NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the one year anniversary since FDNY Lt. Michael R. Davidson was killed battling a late night fire at movie set in Harlem.
Saturday morning, the FDNY memorialized the 15-year veteran of the force and father of four.
Davidson, 37, was killed in the live of duty after responding to the fire, which broke out in the basement of the closed St. Nick’s Jazz Pub where the movie “Motherless Brooklyn” was being shot.
Davidson was honored with a plaque at his former firehouse in Harlem.
“He was the captain of our ship, hero of our life, the anchor of my soul,” said his widow Eileen Davidson.
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Davidson’s family was joined by the fire commissioner, members of the FDNY, officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“He spent every day of his 15 years in 69 Engine protecting this neighborhood, responding day and night to every call for help that came his way,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Brave, physically fit, dedicated to duty, committed to the mission of saving others – Mike exemplified what it means to be a New York City firefighter.”
“Today, we make Mike a permanent part of the history of this city,” de Blasio said. “And the plaque also reminds us, no matter what we face, to try and live as he lived, bravely and honorably.”
After his death, Davidson was posthumously promoted to lieutenant. Now the plaque will hang on the wall of his firehouse forever.
“Your daddy will forever be beside you,” Eileen said.
Davidson was a legacy firefighter. His father, now retired, worked in the same firehouse.
He was appointed as a firefighter in 2003 and was cited for bravery and life-saving actions on four different occasions during his career.
Davidson worked at Engine 69 and Ladder 28 every day for 15 years.
The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund said it would provide financial support to Davidson’s family for the rest of her life.
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The FDNY says they will stand by the family, and make sure Davidson’s legacy lives on.