Newsday - October 02, 2016by Sarah Armaghan and Matthew Chayes
Deputy Chief Michael J. Fahy, the New York City firefighter who was killed Tuesday in an explosion in the Bronx, will be mourned Saturday at a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Westchester County.
Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the department, was posthumously promoted from battalion chief to deputy chief, the highest civil service promotional achievement in the FDNY, two days after his death. He had passed the exam for deputy chief in 2013 and was on a list for the promotion, the FDNY said.
Fahy, who was born in the Bronx and most recently lived in Tuckahoe with his family, was 44.
Family and friends are expected to gather for the service at the Annunciation Church on Westchester Avenue in Yonkers. He is to be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
The explosion may have been caused by a tampered gas main, but police expect to pinpoint the exact cause by the middle of next week. The building in the Kingsbridge section of the borough is suspected of housing a marijuana growing operation.
Two men have been charged in the ongoing probe.
“Chief Michael Fahy was a very talented member of the FDNY who died protecting and serving our great city,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “His career was remarkable both for his selfless devotion to duty and his meteoric ascension in rank, which continues today with this deserved promotion to Deputy Chief in the FDNY.”
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Fahy, who was appointed as a firefighter in August 1999 to Engine Company 35 in Harlem, was “a rising star.” Fahy rose through the ranks as he worked at several firehouses in the Bronx and Manhattan.
Fahy is the 1,145th firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1865, when the FDNY was founded.
Fahy is survived by his wife, Fiona Brett-Fahy, three children, Michael, Anna and Cormac; his parents, Thomas J. and Mary C. Giblin Fahy; and three siblings.