Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Michael Sean Curtin

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Michael Sean Curtin

Thinking of you and your family today. It is an honor to have known you.

You and all those affected by 9-11 have not been forgotten.

Jill Thompsen Rust
H.S. friend

September 11, 2023

On the anniversary of 9/11, I thank you and your comrades for your selfless duty and courage that momentous day. Your sacrifice and those of the victims and other first responders will forever be honored in the annals of brave men and women who gave their all for their city, state and for the United States of America. A hero in every sense of the word. Thanks also for your USMC service. You no doubt could have opted for safer assignments but opted to serve in ESU. It says a lot about who you were.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

September 11, 2023

Hey Mike! Another year gone by, but still seems like it was yesterday! Big turnout at the Golf Outing as usual, and the memories and war stories were flying. I met a few more guys that you served with in The Corps who tell me that you were a mentor to them. Why am I not shocked! Reading all the reflections, it’s amazing all the People you touched.
You are Missed by many, and You, and Your Family are always in my Prayers! Semper Fi! Brother, and Good Night Chesty!

Charlie Mahatcek
Childhood Friend/NYPD

September 10, 2023



April 30, 2023

I have never known you or was born during 2001 when 9/11 event was taken, but I do know my parents and the rest of the world knew what happened. Reading your wife's comments on articles after articles and the reflections your closest friends and family make; show me more of who you are, even with you not being able to be here to tell your story. A true hero, who risked his own life to save others. Not a lot of people have the confidence to go into danger, they usually run from it. I am deeply sorry for you missing your wife's birthday, but you left her with the best gift of your children who will someday be just like you. For any NYPD reading this or other viewers, thank you so much for your service. Ya'll have created a bother and sisterhood and given his family love through every 9/11 memorial. I will one day have to receive my dad's folded flag and trust me it's not a feeling anyone would want.


November 9, 2022

I crossed path with Mike on a number of occasions while serving with the US Marines Corps. Mike was truly a Marines’ Marine.
Always had this mischievous and infectious smile when times were challenging.
Semper Fi !!

MSgt Paul Bailey (ret)
US Maine Corps

September 12, 2022

Another year gone by! Still feels like yesterday. I'm still telling those Mike Curtin stories, and reflecting on all the good times we had growing up, and the laughs we had. You certainly were an amazing person who touched many, and are still touching many through your legacy. Miss You Brother! Semper Fi! and Good Night Chesty! God Bless The Curtin Family!

Retired Det. Charlie Mahatcek
Life Long Friend

September 10, 2022

Sgt. Curtin,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City and our Country as well. Not just as a Police Officer but also when you served with the USMC-especially during Desert Storm. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

I am participating in the 9/11 Tower Challenge at Gila River Arena in Glendale Arizona. Benficiaries of this evnet are the 100 Club of Arizona and Gary Sinise Foundation. The person I am representing in this event is Officer Michael Curtin Badge # 3256. I will proudly wear the badge issued to me with his picture, name and badge number. No words can express the sadness and the loss his family experienced that day. They should know that he is not forgotten.

Deputy Fire Chief Eric Keppler
Glendale Arizona Fire Department

September 11, 2021

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

Hey Brother, thinking of you today as I do everyday. Also reflecting on all that perished that terrible day, and the ones that didn’t because of you. I am thankful for our friendship since we were kids, and all the Great Times, and Adventures we had. You always looked out for the guy next to you, and I know you are still looking out for me. You did so much for so many with no fanfare, and the word Can’t was not in your vocabulary. I am still telling the Mike Curtin stories, and even better when I speak to someone who knew you, and we exchange stories. You are Missed , but your Legend lives on. God Bless You and Your Family. Semper Fi! Brother and Good Night Chesty!

Det. Charlie Mahatcek Ret.
Childhood Friend NYPD/USMC

September 10, 2020

Gunny Curtin,
It was an honor to have served with you in Fox 2/25. I know the streets in heaven are safe with you on watch. Rest easy Marine!
Semper Fi!
Doc “D”

Joe Di Ionna HM1(FMF)

September 12, 2019

Today, our community started a new tradition of recognizing specific police officers and firefighters who died trying to save others on September 11, 2001. Our first police honoree was Sergeant Mike Curtin. He was suggested to me by my good friend, NYPD (Ret) Lieutenant Bill Larney. It was our honor to talk about Mike's life, his service to his country in the USMC, his service to the NYPD, and most of all the love he had for his friends and family. It is men and women like Mike that make us proud to put on our uniforms and badges everyday. Thank you for your sacrifice. It was an honor letting our community know about you. God bless the Curtin family and all of the other families who grieve on this day.

Jim Smith, Chief of Police
Monterey Park (CA) Police Department

September 11, 2019

Thinking of you today Mike, along with all the souls, family members and friends affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Am remembering how full of life you were back in high school, you were always in the middle of our fun times - whether it be beach parties, school functions, sledding down the Rocky Point hills or donating time to visit inmates at the local mental health facility. My prayers are with you and your family. Be at peace.

Jill (Thompsen) Rust
Rocky Point High School

September 11, 2019

Hey Brother, You are Deeply missed, but your Legend lives on. I read the reflections and it is amazing the people you have touched, and are still touching. God Bless You, and Your Family. God bless all that lost their life or a loved one on 11, September 2001. Always proud to tell people that you are my Friend, and tell them a Mike Curtin Story. Semper Fi! Brother and Good Night Chesty

Det Charlie Mahatcek (Ret.)
NYPD/Childhood Friend

September 11, 2019

We are thinking of you, Michael and your service during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. We are in the process of building the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Thank you for your service in the USMC and the NYC Police Department.
You are a hero, Michael. Never shall a land forget.

National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act - Authorizes the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor those who, as members of the Armed Forces, served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.

Jill Etter
The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association

September 10, 2019

I'm Still Telling the Mike Curtin stories. There are many of them. It was an Honor growing up with you, joining the Marine Corps, and being a member of NYPD with you. Mike was a Hero to many long before September 11, and will always my hero. Miss you Brother. Semper Fi! and Good Night Chesty

Retired Detective Charlie Mahatcek

September 11, 2018

Seventeen years has not lessened the sadness of the loss NYPD suffered on that day. It is not realistic to post a reflection on each brother and sister lost. Sergeant Curtin is special to me because he was an ESU Member and a Irish cop. I am an old Irish cop and a former SWAT guy. My great grandfather, grandfather, five uncles and many cousins have been NYPD.
The officers lost on 9/11 will NEVER be forgotten by family.

God bless the NYPD Brotherhood of the Fallen, the set a standard of honot and commitment we should all follow

Captain Tom Cox, Detective Brad Cox
Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

April 28, 2018

Thank you brother for being the Marine you are. I will never forget.

Maj Matt Rafferty USMC

December 8, 2017

I really only ever knew Sgt Curtin from Parris Island, platoon 3058 H Company, 1979. He was one of my drill instructors, ran across him after I was stationed in Beaufort at MCAS Beaufort. God bless him and his family and the thousonds of lives he touch!!

He was a great man, and an awesome Marine, read about him when he went to OKC. Semper Fi!!

Sgt James Beasley
He was my DI, Plt 3058 H Co.

September 11, 2017

On Sept 10 2017 I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climber in Montgomery, Alabama. I had the honor to carry SGT. Michael Curtin picture with me for the 110 floor climb in remembrance of his sacrifice to save others. I'm also a Police Officer and I understand the sacrifice we make everyday. We will never forget.

Officer Tim Nugent
Guntersville Police

September 11, 2017

Hey Mike, Another year gone by, and I am still telling those Mike Curtin Stories. Always reflecting on the Good times we had growing up together. Lots of laughs. You are missed, and you were always my Hero. Semper Fi! and Good Night Chesty.

Ret. Detective Charlie Mahatcek

September 11, 2017

Your ultimate sacrifice. Your heroic actions are not forgotten in our Curtin home here in Eire Ireland

Wife Mother & writer
Family by Name

September 10, 2017

I met Michael as a young teenager in Rocky Point. Even at that young age he spoke of the military and always wanted to serve his country. Michael was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever had the privilege to know. A group of us spent a lot of time together in at the beach, both day and night. It was a wonderful, mostly innocent time. It does not surprise me that Michael was a selfless hero on 9/11. And I know that he was involved in other dangerous rescues as well. I pray for his wife and his daughters. They have sacrificed greatly. God bless you all and may He continue to grant you strength and peace.

Carol Cassidy Fine
Childhood Friend

September 12, 2016

Mike, I never met you, but your story lives on...especially on this day. Master Gunnery Sergeant Ted Isaacson said you were a hell of a Marine, I believe him. Your exploits in Oklahoma City, and your heroism on September 11th are an example to all Marines everyday. Semper Fidelis and until I have the privilege of joining you on Heaven's Guard Force!

Master Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Doherty
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

September 11, 2016

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