FDNY Chief Michael Fahy's Funeral Planned

The Journal News - September 29, 2016

by Matt Spillane

A Saturday funeral is planned for Yonkers' Michael Fahy, the New York City fire department chief who was killed in a Bronx explosion Tuesday.

The time for Saturday's service is still being finalized, but a Mass is expected to be held at Annunciation Church on Westchester Avenue in Crestwood, according to the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima parish. Calling hours have not been announced yet.

Fahy, a Rockland County native, lived in Crestwood with his wife, Fiona, and three children. The 44-year-old battalion chief died Tuesday after a house in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx exploded from a suspected gas leak.

Fahy was a "hero" who "served his department with honor and courage ... May he rest in peace," Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano said Tuesday.

Fahy will be honored at 10 a.m. at his firehouse at 2175 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, where firefighters will drape purple and black bunting on the building's exterior, according to the FDNY.

New York City police said Tuesday they were looking into the possibility that the home in Kingsbridge was being used as a marijuana "grow house." The NYPD took a man into custody on Tuesday, but has not commented further.

"The investigation remains very much ongoing and active," the NYPD said in an email this morning.

About 20 people were injured in the blast, including other firefighters and police officers. Officials said none of those injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Fahy served in the FDNY for 17 years, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas Fahy, who also served as a chief in the FDNY. Michael Fahy was promoted to chief in 2012 and was a rising star in the department, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Tuesday.

"We lost a hero today and our members are all saddened," Nigro said.

Fahy attended Thiells Elementary School and Haverstraw Middle School before graduating from North Rockland High School in 1990. He graduated from Binghamton University and New York Law School before joining the FDNY in 1999. He also earned a master's degree from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Naval Postgraduate School, according to education records.

A donation page has been set up by the FDNY Foundation, the official nonprofit of the FDNY, to raise funds for Fahy's family. Donations can be made at fdnyfoundation.org/donate by selecting the "Chief Michael J. Fahy Children's Educational Fund" option on the page.