Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissoner Daniel A. Nigro Announce Posthumous Promotion of Firefighter Michael R. Davidson to Lieutenant

March 24, 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the posthumous promotion of Firefighter Michael R. Davidson to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Davidson, of Engine Company 69, died from injuries sustained while fighting a fifth alarm fire in Harlem on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Lieutenant Davidson, a 15-year veteran of the Department, passed the exam for Lieutenant in 2015 and is on the list for promotion to that title.

“Our city lost a hero and we honor the sacrifice of one of New York City’s bravest – his death is a heartbreaking tragedy and 8.5 million New Yorkers are in solidarity with his family,” said Mayor de Blasio. “His steadfast dedication to this city will not be forgotten and continues with his deserved promotion to Lieutenant in the FDNY.”

“Lieutenant Davidson was a natural-born leader and dedicated member of the FDNY who died fighting and serving our city,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “He had all the qualities of an officer and more – his promotion is well-deserved.”

Lieutenant Davidson was appointed as a Firefighter in May of 2003 and assigned to Engine Company 69 in Harlem. On four different occasions he was cited for bravery and life-saving actions. He is the 1,150th member of the Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the line-of-duty.

Lieutenant Davidson of Floral Park, New York, is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their four children; three daughters, ages 7, 3, and 1 and a son, age 6. Lieutenant Davidson is the son of retired Firefighter Robert Davidson, who served the Department for 26 years (primarily in the same firehouse as his son); and the brother of Firefighter Eric Davidson, an 11-year veteran, of Engine Company 88 in the Bronx.
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