LIEUTENANT MICHAEL R. DAVIDSON POST OFFICE BUILDING; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 163
(House of Representatives - October 16, 2019)

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          LIEUTENANT MICHAEL R. DAVIDSON POST OFFICE BUILDING

  Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill 
(H.R. 1833) to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 35 Tulip Avenue in Floral Park, New York, as the 
``Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson Post Office Building''.
  The Clerk read the title of the bill.
  The text of the bill is as follows:

                               H.R. 1833

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled,

     SECTION 1. LIEUTENANT MICHAEL R. DAVIDSON POST OFFICE 
                   BUILDING.

       (a) Designation.--The facility of the United States Postal 
     Service located at 35 Tulip Avenue in Floral Park, New York, 
     shall be known and designated as the ``Lieutenant Michael R. 
     Davidson Post Office Building''.
       (b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
     document, paper, or other record of the United States to the 
     facility referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be 
     a reference to the ``Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson Post 
     Office Building''.

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from 
California (Mr. Rouda) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Gosar) each 
will control 20 minutes.
  The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California.


                             General Leave

  Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may 
have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and 
include extraneous materials on this measure.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the 
gentleman from California?
  There was no objection.
  Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as she may consume to the 
gentlewoman from New York (Miss Rice).
  Miss RICE of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of my 
bill, H.R. 1833, which would rename a postal facility in Floral Park, 
New York, after FDNY Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson, who tragically 
lost his life in the line of duty a year and a half ago.
  My district on Long Island has a long and proud tradition of service 
in the New York City Fire Department. For generations, young men and 
women from New York's Fourth Congressional District have joined the 
FDNY, following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. 
They choose a life of service and sacrifice and dedicate their lives to 
protecting others.
  Lieutenant Michael Davidson was a part of that tradition. Lieutenant 
Davidson joined the FDNY in May of 2003. Assigned to Harlem Engine 
Company 69, Michael had the opportunity to serve side by side with his 
father, Robert, who spent most of his 26-year career at that same 
firehouse.
  Michael was known among his colleagues for his bravery and lifesaving 
actions, and he received four citations for valor during his career.
  As a ``nozzle man,'' he fought fires from the front of the hose and 
was often the first sent into burning buildings.
  On March 22, 2018, Lieutenant Davidson was called to battle a five-
alarm fire on a movie set in Harlem. And, as usual, Davidson was the 
point man on the team that entered the building's basement to fight the 
blaze.
  Conditions quickly became too dangerous for the firefighters to 
withstand, and, though the unit was ordered to retreat, Lieutenant 
Davidson was separated from his team in the thick smoke. His colleagues 
later found him unconscious, and he tragically passed away the next day 
at Harlem Hospital.
  Lieutenant Davidson's death was a devastating and unshakeable loss 
for the FDNY; for Engine Company 69; for Floral Park; but, most of all, 
for his family and friends.
  That is why this bill is not just about honoring a fallen hero. It is 
also about honoring a highly respected member of our community; a 
beloved neighbor; and, above all, a devoted husband to his wife, 
Eileen, and a loving father of four young children.
  Renaming our post office in Floral Park will ensure that Lieutenant 
Davidson's treasured memory is always in our hearts and minds and that 
his service and sacrifice are never forgotten.
  I strongly urge my colleagues to join me in honoring a hero and 
supporting H.R. 1833.

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  Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
  Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1833, to name a post office 
located in Floral Park, New York, in honor of Lieutenant Michael R. 
Davidson.
  Lieutenant Davidson honorably served the New York City Fire 
Department for 15 years. On March 22, 2018, Lieutenant Davidson lost 
his life while responding to a five-alarm fire. In dangerous 
conditions, Lieutenant Davidson became separated from his unit. When he 
was found later, he was unconscious. Lieutenant Davidson passed away 
the very next day.
  He was known for his bravery and his devotion to his wife and four 
young children. Our country owes a debt of gratitude to first 
responders like Lieutenant Davidson. I urge my colleagues to support 
this bill.
  Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the 
gentleman from California (Mr. Rouda) that the House suspend the rules 
and pass the bill, H.R. 1833.
  The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the 
rules were suspended and the bill was passed.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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