Michael Paul Esposito was born to Gerard Esposito Sr. and the late Linda Esposito on 1 April 1968. Michael spent his early years in his hometown of Oceanside‚ New York‚ on Long Island and his teenage years in Salinas‚ California‚ before his family returned to the neighboring village of his hometown‚ Baldwin‚ New York‚ when he was a young adult.
In 1990‚ Michael followed in the path of his younger brother‚ Todd‚ and became a member and volunteer of Hook & Ladder Company #1 in the Baldwin Fire Department. Michael found his calling in life and spent over twenty years selflessly protecting and serving his community. In 1996‚ he rose to the rank of captain within his company. In 1998‚ Michael transferred within the department to Hose Company #1. In this company he again was elected to the rank of captain two more times.
Year-round he was involved with fire department activities. In the autumn‚ winter‚ and spring‚ Michael could be found most Friday nights bowling with his company’s team‚ The Foxes‚ at the local bowling alley. In late spring‚ softball season would begin‚ and he enjoyed playing for the department team in games with other fire departments from within the county. It was the summer that Michael seemed to enjoy the most‚ being a member of the Tomcats Drill Team and competing in racing tournaments throughout Long Island and New York State.
Michael is survived by his father‚ Gerard Esposito Sr.; brother‚ Gerard Esposito Jr.‚ and wife‚ Susan Esposito; sister‚ Donna Esposito; brother‚ Ex-Chief Todd A. Esposito and husband‚ Brian C. Cinetti; sister‚ Dawn Esposito; longtime companion‚ Roberta Jaeger; and his nephews‚ Gerard Esposito III‚ Joseph Esposito‚ and Jordan Esposito.