Fallen fire­fighter re­mem­bered as hero, fam­ily man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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