April 20, 2017
On Thursday, April 20th, FDNY members gathered at FDNY Headquarters for a ceremony adding Deputy Chief Michael J. Fahy’s name to the Department Line of Duty Memorial Wall.
Chief Fahy, Battalion 19, died from injuries sustained on September 27, 2016 at an explosion in the Kingsbridge section in the Bronx at 6:22 a.m.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro spoke of Chief Fahy’s commitment to the Fire Department and the City of New York.
“Michael was as special as they come, it’s clear there was nothing that he couldn’t do once he set his mind to it,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Very quickly, he rose through the ranks to Chief, the second fastest to ever do so in our Department’s long history. Today, his family and our family gather as one, and our Department renews our solemn pledge to never forget his name, his legacy of service and how he touched all of our lives.”
Chief James E. Leonard described Chief Fahy’s selflessness to his family and to the Department.
“This job means putting the safety of those in your command – and the lives of those we serve –before our own,” said Chief Leonard. “That’s what Michael Fahy was doing that day – putting others before him.”
Chief Fahy responded along with several fire units to calls reporting a gas odor at the intersection of West 234th Street and Irwin Avenue. Chief Fahy, serving as Incident Commander, ordered fire units to search for the source of the gas odor, and to evacuate possible endangered occupants of homes in the vicinity of the odor. Units determined the gas was emanating from 304 West 234th Street and, at about 7:30 a.m., an explosion occurred on the top floor of the house. Chief Fahy was struck and fatally injured by falling debris. He was transported to New York-Presbyterian-the Allen Hospital where he succumbed from his injuries.
Chief Fahy was appointed as a firefighter in August of 1999 and was assigned to Engine Company 35 in Harlem where he worked for five years before transferring to Ladder 14, located in the same firehouse. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Battalion 3 in the Bronx, before being assigned to Engine 83 in the South Bronx. Upon his promotion to Captain in 2007, he was transferred to Division 1 in lower Manhattan, where he worked in multiple fire companies. After being promoted to Battalion Chief, he first worked in Battalion 20 in the Bronx before transferring to Battalion 19.
Chief Fahy is the 1,145th Firefighter to die in the line of duty since the FDNY’s founding in 1865. He is survived by his wife, Fiona, and three children, Cormac, Michael, and Anna.
For photos of the plaque dedication ceremony, click here.