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

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

You have not been forgotten.

Police Officer (Ret) Kelley Sciarrone

September 10, 2016

Mike God bless you and ur family semper fi bro

Hank kuhn
Mike was my drill instructor in 1979

September 10, 2015

Semper fi Mike God bless u and ur family

Sgt hank kuhn
Mike was my drill instructor in 1979

September 10, 2015

Still have a scar above my eye from a fight I got into with Mike Curtin at the Drill Instructor Academy on Parris Island. We fought over what bar to go to that night. Nine stitches later, he got his way...

Semper Fi, Mike. We don't forget...

Kevin Nolan, Tech Agent

May 16, 2015

75 Steady late tours, and long hours at BCB is where I had the privilege of walking for a moment in time with Mike Curtin and Joe Vigiano. Often, the name "Sons of Thunder" will come to mind when thinking of them.

There was just something about these two. Joe; Quick, Bold, Fearless. Fearless. Yet seeming to carry within a deep, poignant sense of compassion. Perhaps it's what fueled him. Mike; A Rock. Solid, Restrained, Intelligent. A Powerhouse. Yet possessed of an almost unbearable grace.

If someone were to tell me that they were only ever on loan to us from the heavens, I would believe them. If someone were to say this is an example of what God's Angels look like when living as mortal men, I would believe them. No, not the harp playing kind. The warrior kind. God's policemen.

It seems so right that they were together in life. So, I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that they were taken together at the end of their time here. But it still hurts.

Mike, Joe; It was an honor to have known you, and impossible to forget you. I trust you are safe home, and Semper Fi.

Police Officer
Retired NYPD

February 27, 2015

Today, I had the honor of reading Sergeant Michael Curtin's name during the 9/11 memorial on the top deck of "USS Midway Aircraft Carrier" in San Diego. Thank you for all of your selfless service to us. You will never be forgotten! September 11, 2014

Konrad Sheehan

September 12, 2014

For the first time this year I went to the memorial. I have visited at the wall in DC, but never there. It was just not that easy to do. Just like the memories of the war I have to face. I knew what I would be facing the minute I got in line. So we face that pain. It took awhile but we found your name. I just had no words at that point. Brother continue to rest at peace. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

John O'Connor

September 8, 2014

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