Submitted with love by his Mama and Daddy
Michael was the youngest of three children and the only son. He left us on May 14‚ 2004 while responding to a First Responder call a week before his High School Graduation. He was 18 years old. He is missed more than words can say‚ though his testimony and memory will live on forever.
Michael was a Volunteer at Ebenezer for 3 years and a First Responder for 1_ years. He joined as soon as he was old enough. Though he wasn’t crazy about High School he looked forward to continuing his education to secure a degree in Fire Science and attending the Fire Academy in Columbia‚ SC. He wanted to be a Fire Chief in a large city.
Michael worked at a local grocery store (Quality Foods) part time. Prior to joining the Fire Department he raced Motocross‚ something he and his Dad loved doing together. He was a country boy that loved country things‚ wranglers‚ roper boots‚ t-shirts and baseball caps. Fishing with the guys and drinking Mt Dew.
He had a smile that lit up the room and he always had one‚ he loved life. Following is a poem written by a lady that knew him his whole life. (Sandy Miller) It defines the kind of guy he was.
He lived his life as though he could make a difference.
Whether he was working on his job‚ hanging out at the fire department‚ or being with family or friends‚ Michael made a difference in all our lives.
He loved God as though his witness would change our lives.
Whether he was singing in the youth choir‚ going on mission trips‚ reading the Word‚ or witnessing to friends‚ we saw God in all he did.
He volunteered as a firefighter as though he would become a hero.
Putting his own safety in second place‚ Michael thought of others first. By sacrificing his life to help others‚ Michael will always remain a hero in our hearts.
Michael was dearly loved by all he came in contact with. We did not realize how many lives he had touched until his accident. He was an extremely caring‚ hard working person‚ always giving of himself to help others. It was not surprising he loved being a Firefighter.
He leaves behind his parents‚ Mike and Margie‚ a sister Tyanne Martin‚ a sister Heidi Madden and her husband Phil‚ one nephew Nathan Madden‚ and Firefighter Brothers across the United States of America.