Local Family Remembers Firefighter Killed on 9/11

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - September 11th never gets easier for Kathleen Lynch and her husband, Mark Multerer.

Kathleen's brother, Michael Lynch, was one of the 341 firefighters killed in the terror attacks twelve years ago. He had been responding to the World Trade Center.

However, what Kathleen and her family strive to remember is not the horrific terror attacks -- but the legacy the victims leave behind.

"For the time that he was here, he really made the most of his life," Kathleen remembers about her brother, "and we want to honor that."

Michael Lynch died at 30-years-old. He was funny, about to marry his fiance, and volunteered as a soccer coach.

However, his biggest passion was working as a firefighter.

"He worked in the WTC before he became a firefighter," Kathleen remembers. "He left that job, he was at a brokerage firm, to become a firefighter, because that's what he wanted to do. That was his dream."

In honor of Michael and his love for helping others, especially children, the Lynch family created the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation. The program gives scholarships for children of the 9/11 victims and heroes, including the fallen first responders.

"On September 11th, what these guys did is unbelievable," Multerer says. "I mean if you really think about the courage and what it took for them to go rushing into these buildings and save these people."

In an effort to stay positive, the family created the foundation soon after the September 11th attacks. In the last 12 years, about $3.5 million has been given to more than 130 children.

Kathleen says they want to honor the heroes and the good that came out of that day.

"We were trying to grapple with this incomprehensible horror," she says. "At the same time, I can't even begin to explain how kind people were. How good they were, and how generous they were."

For more information on the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation, go to www.mlynch.org.