Michael J. Elferis: He Looked
Forward to Work Every Day
Ever since he was a little boy, Michael Elferis wanted
to be a firefighter. "He liked to watch the engines go by
on the street," said Mary Elferis, his mother.
Three years ago, Michael's wish came true when he
joined Engine Co. 22 on Manhattan's upper east side. The
27-year-old firefighter is now missing and is believed to
have been at Two World Trade Center when it collapsed. He
was a New York City police officer for two years before
deciding to become a firefighter.
He always looked forward to going to work every day,
said his mother. "Even when he was off he'd go into the
firehouse," she said.
Elferis was raised in College Point and attended John
Jay College. An avid sports buff and a devout Yankees
fan, Elferis is survived by two brothers, one of whom is
a New York City police officer, and two sisters.