Michael -Ragusa-Obituary

Michael Paul Ragusa

Brooklyn, New York


Brooklyn, New York


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W.W.M.D. - What Would Mikey Do?
Michael Paul Ragusa was not a mountain climber, a sculptor, a scholar. He was not anything like that, his loved ones say. Being a fireman was enough for him. "He did things to make others happy," said his fiancée, Jennifer Trapani. "That's how he made himself happy."

Mike Ragusa, 29, joined the Fire Department nearly two years ago. He was assigned to Engine Company 250, but was working at Engine Company 279 on Sept. 11.

He was single-minded, said his sister, Christine Saladeen. "If we all lined up outside the World Trade Center and yelled, 'Mikey stop!,' he still would have ran in."

When word of Firefighter Ragusa's disappearance percolated through his neighborhood of Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, dozens of people camped out on his parents' lawn, on their patio furniture and on their living room floor. Strangers who did not know his name came by with fruit baskets to tell of how he helped fix their fences or change their tires.

He may not have been a sculptor, but he was a plumber, and if a friend's pipe burst at midnight, he was there. He may not have been a scholar, but he was a good man. His friends had a saying about him — W.W.M.D.: What Would Mikey Do?

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mike and I go back to the filter days in starrett city

mike miss ya, Dominick from starrett

I miss you so much love
you Jennifer Trapani

Dear Michael Paul Ragusa I never meet you i heard what happened ypu love my mom Jennifer Trapani I am her daughter Maria I miss you

Love Always
Jennifer Trapani

Sunday 9/8/2019 I climbed 110 stories in your name with the Kansas City 9/11 stair climb! Thank you for your service rest easy brother

Thinking of you !!

We send our continue deep sympathy to your family for your loss of Mike. With each new day may God give the needed strength to cope with such a sad loss. He touched the lives of others and will always be fondly thought of.

I just wanted to send my condolences on your unimaginable loss. I stand with you in grieving and I will never forget the sacrifice all those people made. Your beloved Mikey sounds like he is a wonderful man. I will never forget that day its etched in my memory. RIP

RIP I just watch the WTC documentary. We're proud of you and your colleagues, and your memory will live on.