Michael A. Esposito‚ 41‚ lieutenant‚ FDNY‚ Squad 1. Esposito was posthumously promoted to captain. His fellow firefighters nicknamed him Mel‚ after an average guy in a Rodney Dangerfield movie‚ but Esposito was frequently honored for bravery by the FDNY and New York City. He assisted with the search and rescue operations after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and during the 1998 ice storm in upstate New York. He was honored on Staten Island’s Finest and Bravest Day. He was very involved in the sports activities of his sons.