Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hail to the Chief

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 served as a grim reminder of the danger that the men and women of the FDNY face in the performance of their day-to-day duties, whether responding to the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan or responding to a reported gas leak at an apparent marijuana grow house in the Bronx.  

Battalion Chief Michael Fahy of Battalion 19 in the Bronx died in the line-of-duty on Tuesday when the house to which his men had responded - answering the call of a reported gas leak - suddenly exploded and, in doing so, hurled debris everywhere.  Chief Fahy was positioned - directing operations - when portions of the debris struck him.  Although he was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital, the wounds he suffered proved to be fatal.  Chief Fahy was just forty-four years old. 

Michael Fahy was a seventeen-year veteran of the FDNY, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas, who spent thirty-three years in the FDNY and retired, in November, 2011, as a Battalion Chief.  Chief Fahy lived in Yonkers with his wife, Fiona, and three children (two sons and a daughter), the oldest of whom is eleven, the youngest of whom is just six, and each of whom shall now live a life accompanied by only the memory of their father.  Battalion Chief Fahy shall be laid to rest on Saturday in Yonkers.  

The FDNY Foundation has established an Educational Fund for Chief Fahy's children.  If interested in making a contribution, you click on the link here and then click on the drop-down menu towards the bottom of the page (the default selection is "FDNY Foundation General Support") and select "Chief Michael J. Fahy Children's Educational Fund").

Michael J. Fahy, Battalion Chief, Battalion 19 - FDNY
End of Watch:  September 27, 2016


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