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

A message sits amid dozens of red, yellow, and purple flowers left on a bronze parapet in tribute to FDNY firefighter Michael Fahy.
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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