Mourners Pay Last Respects To Fallen Firefighter

March 26, 2018 - 10:02 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio was one of the mourners who paid respects to fallen firefighter Michael Davidson, who was killed fighting a fire on Friday.

A second wake was held Monday at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home in Floral Park - blocks from the home Davidson shared with his wife and four children.

A crowd of uniformed firefighters and civilians alike lined up outside the funeral home to say goodbye to the beloved hero killed while battling a blaze in a Harlem brownstone that was being used as a movie set.

A cousin of Davidson’s told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern that the family was doing “as best as can be expected. It’s tough. It’s very tough. It’s unreal. It’s very unreal. We’re still in disbelief.”

Davidson was working the nozzle of Engine Company 69 when he collapsed in the smoke of the movie set fire late Thursday. He left behind a wife and four kids.

"I'm going to miss him. I love him and I'll definitely keep him in my memory forever," said FDNY Lt. Greg Damato as he attended visitation for his former colleague.

Damato went to the fire academy with Davidson and worked in the same firehouse for 10 years. He said the 37-year-old excelled.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan attended the wake.

"At a time like this, they say, what would you do without faith and family and friends?" Dolan said. "And they’ve got them in abundance, so thanks be to God."

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the blaze erupted in the basement of an unoccupied residential building on St. Nicholas Avenue about 11 p.m. Thursday. Nigro said two other firefighters suffered burns and were in serious condition, and three other people were injured. 

Davidson, 37, was a 15-year department veteran. He is survived by his wife Eileen and their four children - three daughters ages 7, 3 and 1, and a 6-year-old son. 

The building at 773 St. Nicholas Avenue, the old St. Nick's Jazz Pub NYC, was unoccupied at the time. It had been used as a film set for "Motherless Brooklyn,'' starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin. The production company was wrapping up for the night when they noticed smoke entering the set from below.

The buiding is set to be demolished.

Davidson, of Floral Park, is the son of recently-retired 26-year veteran firefighter Robert, who worked in the same firehouse as Davidson. His brother Eric, an 11-year veteran, works at Engine 88 in the Bronx.

Davidon's funeral will be held Tuesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral.