Funeral Held for FDNY Chief Killed in Bronx Explosion

WABC - October 02, 2016

by Marcus Solis

KINGSBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- Mourners are gathering Saturday to say a final goodbye to the FDNY battalion chief killed in the line of duty in Tuesday's house explosion in the Bronx.

The funeral for Michael Fahy is at 11 a.m. Annunciation Church in Yonkers. The FDNY will provide live coverage of the funeral on its Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m.

Fahy's wake was Thursday and Friday at Flower Funeral Home in Yonkers.

Fahy, of Battalion 19, died when he was struck by debris from the blast. He was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY, joining the force in 1999.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced the posthumous promotion of Fahy to the rank of Deputy Chief, the highest civil service promotional achievement in the FDNY.

"He was on the list to become Deputy Chief, it's something well-deserved," Nigro said. "I have no doubt that in a number of years, Chief Fahy would have led this department."

There was only heartbreak for the brotherhood of firefighters and for Chief Fahy's family.

Fahy was originally 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.

Fahy is the 1,145th firefighter to die in the line of duty since the FDNY's founding in 1865. The last member of the Department to die on duty was Lieutenant Gordan Ambelas, of Ladder 119, on July 5, 2014.

"To lose Mike, it's like getting stabbed, you know what I mean," retired FDNY Captain Stephen Damato said. "You have this pain in your heart that just doesn't go away."