Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the death of Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy of Battalion 19, a 17-year-veteran of the FDNY who died from injuries sustained at an explosion in the Kingsbridge section in the Bronx, early this morning.

“Our entire city is deeply saddened by the passing of a true hero – Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy,” said Mayor 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 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.

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