Tribute Held at 9/11 Memorial for Firefighter Killed in Bronx Explosion

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Flowers left on the bronze parapets in tribute to Michael Fahy. Photo by Jin Lee.

Flowers were laid at an FDNY panel on the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in honor of the battalion chief who was killed during a Bronx house explosion Tuesday morning.

Michael Fahy, of Battalion 19, was killed by falling debris as he and his crew evacuated the house following a reported gas leak, according to the NY Daily News. New York City’s fire commissioner said the blast injured nine other firefighters and six police officers, reports the Washington Post.

Fahy, a 17-year veteran and a second-generation firefighter, was married with three children, two sons and a daughter.

He was "a very devoted father," Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the 44 year old at a news conference. "Our hearts go out to the Fahy family — a family so devoted to the city, Michael’s father was fire chief before him. A family that gave so much and today made the ultimate sacrifice to the city."

Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial are welcome to leave tributes for Fahy.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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