Thousands Expected at Funeral For FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy

CBS 2 - October 02, 2016

by CBS News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands of firefighters are expected at the funeral of FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy Saturday, who was killed by debris when a house exploded in the Bronx Tuesday.

The funeral follows a wake that brought out colleagues, friends and loved ones, all struggling to cope with the loss of a hero.

At the Flower funeral home in Yonkers Friday, hundreds of New York’s Bravest saluted one of their own.

“It’s what we do,” said FDNY Firefighter Marc Dore.

Mourners paid their respects to Fahy, 44, who was killed in the line of duty in the explosion. Two men are under arrest, suspected of using the home to grow marijuana. Investigators are looking into whether there were using propane tanks or tampered with gas lines to power the illegal operation, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.

Firefighters know risking their lives is part of the job.

“It’s truly tragic. Mike was a great guy. I knew him personally,” said Dore. “Everybody’s in such shock. You know, nobody ever thinks it’s going to be them.”

People working near the funeral home were touched by the FDNY’s show of support for Fahy’s wife Fiona and their three children.

“God above is crying over this too,” said Perry Daddary, who works in a nail salon nearby. “It’s very sad. It’s overwhelming. It’s absolutely beautiful, the support they’re giving the family.”

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says every city firefighter who’s not on duty will be at the funeral.

With such a massive turnout, there will be numerous street closures. The Yonkers Police Department put out this map:

For more information about the closures, call the Yonkers Mayor’s Help Line at 954-377-4357 or click here.

A donation page has been set for the Fahy family. If you’d like to donate, visit fdnyfoundation.org/donate and select the “Chief Michael J. Fahy Children’s Educational Fund.”