The FDNY Foundation joins the FDNY in mourning the loss of Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy of Battalion 19, killed on Tues., Sept. 27 in the line of duty.
Chief Fahy was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY. He died from injuries sustained at an explosion in the Kingsbridge section in the Bronx.
“Our entire city is deeply saddened by the passing of a true hero – Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “He was an outstanding firefighter, a devoted father of three and he came from a family who exemplified what it means to bravely serve others. His sacrifice is yet another example of the courage and commitment that defines each member of the FDNY.”
“Today is a sad day for the entire FDNY family. We lost a rising star in our Department, a Chief who exuded leadership and inspired confidence in the members in his command,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Chief Fahy bravely served the city for 17 years, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas J. Fahy, also a Battalion Chief. His death is a painful reminder of the sacrifice our job all too often demands.”
Chief Fahy was appointed as a firefighter in May of 1999 and was 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 2012, 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.
Chief Fahy’s Father, Thomas J. Fahy, served 33 years in the FDNY before retiring as Battalion Chief in November of 2001.
Chief 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 M. Ambelas of Ladder 119 on July 5, 2014.
Chief Fahy, who lived in Yonkers, is survived by his wife, Fiona, and their three children.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Chief Michael J. Fahy Children’s Educational Fund by clicking here and selecting the fund in the drop down menu.
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"Our entire city is deeply saddened by the passing of a true hero - Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy. He was an outstanding firefighter, a devoted father of three and he came from a family who exemplified what it means to bravely serve others. His sacrifice is yet another example of the courage and commitment that defines each member of the FDNY."