Fallen firefighter remembered as hero, family man
A New York City fire battalion chief killed by debris from a house explosion last week was remembered Saturday as a hero and a dedicated family man at his funeral service attended by thousands of firefighters, elected officials, friends and family.
Michael Fahy’s wife and two of their three young children spoke tenderly about him at the Roman Catholic Mass at Annunciation Church in Yonkers, which Cardinal Timothy Dolan helped officiate.
The 17-year fire department veteran died Tuesday morning. He was directing operations from the street when he was struck by debris when the house in the Bronx exploded. Authorities say a tampered gas main may be to blame. They’re looking into whether the building was used to grow marijuana.
The 44-year-old Fahy, who was the son of a fire chief, was posthumously promoted on Thursday from battalion chief to deputy chief by the FDNY. He had a doctorate from New York Law School.