There were two Michael Edward Roberts in the FDNY, both 31, both killed on 9/11. The only time the families met was at their funerals.
His badge number (6611) had been passed through his family for years. It was first assigned to his uncle. When he retired, it went to his brother, Michael’s father. When he left the job, the badge number passed to Michael. A firefighter for almost four years, Roberts joined Engine Company 214 in March. He regularly volunteered to cover holidays so other firefighters could spend time with their families.