FDNY Chief Michael Fahy, RIP

NY Post - September 29, 2016

by Post Editorial Board

New Yorkers got a tragic reminder Tuesday of the daily dangers firefighters face keeping this city safe: Battalion Chief Michael Fahy lost his life in a Bronx explosion — the first FDNY line-of-service death in two-plus years, and the highest-ranked firefighter to die on the job since 9/11.

The 44-year-old father of three young children grew up in an FDNY family. His father, also a battalion chief, served 33 years on the job before retiring.

Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who served with the elder Fahy, mourned the loss of Michael Fahy, a “rising star” in the department who in 17 years moved swiftly up the ladder to lieutenant, captain and then chief of Battalion 19 in 2012. Along the way, he earned a Master’s in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Chief Fahy’s death came while investigating a suspected drug-producing plant in a private house where neighbors had detected the odor of gas. (Late Tuesday, a suspect was arrested.)

As firefighters moved to evacuate neighbors and exited the house, it exploded — sending the roof crashing down on Fahy as he directed operations. Among the 20 others injured were nine firefighters, six police officers and three Con Edison workers.

We hope Fahy’s children, ages 6 through 12, can take some consolation in knowing their father — like his own before him — dedicated his life every day to saving others.

New York is lucky to have heroes like Michael Fahy, who protect this city with but one thought: service over self. RIP.