The 31-year-old rookie, who lost his firefighting older brother, Michael, in the Sept. 11 attacks, said he never would have survived the Jan. 22 apartment blaze if it had not been for the level-headed leadership and steely resolve of Fire Lt. Curtis Meyran, who died after making the same 50-foot jump."I know I'm alive today because of Lt. Meyran, how he led us up there on that fire floor," said Cawley, who came home from St. Barnabas Hospital the same day that Meyran, 46, was laid to rest miles away in Malverne, L.I. "As the situation got worse and worse, he just remained so calm and in control ... he just showed us the way."Meyran, Cawley and four others were searching for stranded residents on the fourth floor of the 178th Street apartment building when fire broke through from the floor below. One of their fire hoses lost water and they became trapped, according to fire investigat
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