lcpl michael schwarz
On November 27, 2006, 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Michael Schwarz was killed by a sniper's bullet while conducting combat operations in Al Ramadi, Iraq. Born and raised in Carlstadt, Michael was a member of Engine Company 702 of the Carlstadt Fire Department. Everyone who knew Michael was aware of his love for his country and his dream of becoming a Marine. His desire to serve his country became more urgent following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
At the time of the attacks, Michael was a junior at Becton High School in East Rutherford and he rushed home and demanded that his mother, Pamela, allow him to enlist. His mother insisted that he wait until he was finished with high school. Michael's military intentions were made even more clear when he opted to wear camouflage pants and combat boots under his commencement robe during his graduation ceremony.
Following his graduation, Michael did not immediately join the military. Instead, he chose to join the Carlstadt Volunteer Fire Department, a tradition in the Schwarz family. His father, Kenny, is a member of Engine Company 702 and is a past Chief of the Department, his brother, Frank is an officer and his mother is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. After completing his training at the Bergen County Fire Academy, Michael joined the Marine Corp and was later assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
"He was a mischievous little imp. He was always military. He wanted to play guns all of the time. Video games and guns. But anything with shooting, this and that," said Pamela Schwarz.