Michael Carlo, 35, was due to go on vacation with his firefighter brother on September 12th. They were headed to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands where they planned to each earn their captain’s certificates from the American Sailing Association.
Carlo had a roofing company with that same brother and when they weren’t at the firehouse or on the roof, they were at the beach. Carlo had bought himself a place in Long Beach and it’s there along the boardwalk that a bench has been dedicated to his memory. It bears this plaque with one of his favorite quotes: “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones that you did. So cast off your bow line, sail away from your safe harbor. Explore, dream, and discover.” (Mark Twain)