Michael David Crotty
April 14, 1983 -  April 8, 2008

Michael David Crotty, 24 years old, Deputy Chief of Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department and newly hired Firefighter for the City of Erie Bureau of Fire died Tuesday April 8, 2008 while in performance of firefighting duties.
Michael was born in Erie, Pennsylvania April 14, 1983 to David Crotty and Barbara Beers Crotty. A life long resident of Lawrence Park. He graduated from Iroquois High School in 2001. He was a member of the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department for 6 years. Mike was a 4 year veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska and Honorably Discharged in August 2007 as an Airman 1st Class Medic.

While in Alaska, Mike was a member of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Upon discharge Mike returned to Erie and back with the LPFD and was promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. He then tested and was hired by the City of Erie Bureau of Fire as a Firefighter, fulfilling a lifetime dream of being a career firefighter. He was assigned to Engine Co. No. 6, 3rd Platoon. He also had tested and was on the candidate list for the Fire Department New York City.

Mike enjoyed weightlifting, firefighting schools and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was preceded in death by a sister Erin Lynn Crotty, Paternal grandparents David and Martha Crotty. Maternal grandmother Dora Hill and Aunt Mary Lynn Crotty. He is survived by his parents, David and Barbara Crotty, brother James of Lawrence Park. Danielle Jackson, his fiancé of Lawrence Park. He is also survived by uncles, Patrick Crotty, Tim Crotty (Kathy) of Erie, and Joe Crotty (Tina) of Titusville, Pa.; aunts Maureen Crotty/Hardesty (Jim) of Erie, Jessica Crotty, Montpelier, Vermont. Grandparents Ray and Ellen Baybrook, Orlando, Fla. Mike’s best friends Joe and Tom Falk and Shaun Miller, and his special cousin Megan Crotty. Many aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and close friends.
He is laid to rest in St. Gregory's Cemetery.

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is the month of Mike's birth and the month he left this world.
Be with his family this month and reassure them that he is fine and they will see him again.

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R.I.P. Mike

December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.


5/2/08 Friends added a cache on Geocaching.com in memory of Mike.
Please visit Mikey's Resting Place  and thanks to them for the background.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jim Defoe (Hutchinson, MN)

April 10, 2008
Sorry to hear about the loss of Michael. Our prayers are with you and the Crotty family.
Ken Wayne (Boca Raton, FL)

April 10, 2008
My condolences to the Crotty family on Mike's passing. A young leader has been taken from us far too early. The fire service has lost a brother and we ache from his loss. God bless Mike for all he did and what he accomplished in his short time on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Crotty family, and the Lawrence Park and Erie Fire Departments on their loss.
Paul Tate (Smyrna, GA)

April 10, 2008
A man living his dream, loving life and always helping others around him. Mike was always there to give a hand, step up when needed or to make you smile when you felt there was nothing to smile about. A truely professional Fireman who sacrificed his life doing what he loved . He paid the ultimate sacrifice giving his life to protect others, for that he will always be a HERO!
John Morell (Erie, PA)

April 10, 2008
To the Crotty Family
Michael will be sadly missed I never knew him but i Knew and worked with His Uncle Joe in my fire department years. Mike Is a tribute to what a Fireman should be.
John Herrmann
John Herrmann (Erie, PA)

April 10, 2008
To the Crotty family, my condolences go out to all Mike's family and friends. Mike was and will always be my best friend, he was like a brother. He was such a great person with a positive and caring character, always willing and wanting to help. He lived to fight fires and got excited every time the alarm sounded. He has impacted a lot of people in his 24 years and will continue to have a positive impact on the fire department with his training tower visions. We all must come together to make sure his dream training tower is constructed and dedicated in his honor. If there was one person I wanted to fight a fire with it was Mike. We shared lots of great memories both in and outside the fire department. I will never forget his last alarm on 04/08/08. Mike will be there watching over all of us as we continue his passion in the public safety sector. Love, Joey
Joey Falk (Erie, PA)

April 9, 2008
Mike - Thank you for your service to your country and your fire departments. You will be missed.

Dave & Barb & the whole family; I wish to express my condolences to you on the passing of Mike. Your family has been a good friend to our family through the years.

May God give you comfort during this time of sorrow.
Mike Anderson (Erie, PA)

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