FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy, on a job where tomorrow is never guaranteed, seemed like a sure thing.
The rising departmental star, whose vast potential disappeared with his death in the gas explosion of a Bronx marijuana grow house, was honored Thursday on the second anniversary of the tragedy with a street renamed in his honor.
“Michael Fahy didn’t just rise through the ranks — he soared,” recalled FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a ceremony at Fahy’s Walton Ave. firehouse. “What brought him fulfillment was serving as a New York City firefighter. He loved helping others.”
The 44-year-old married father of three was killed by flying pieces of debris after the blast on W. 234th St. near Irwin Ave. on Sept. 27, 2016. Fahy, was widely considered a contender for the one of the department’s top jobs after 17 years with the FDNY.
“He was truly a man who had everything,” said Mayor de Blasio at the ceremony unveiling a plaque and the new street sign. “Had the brains, had the skill, had the leadership qualities – someone who literally could have done anything.”
But Fahy, who earned a law degree and worked on Wall Street before becoming a firefighter, knew where he wanted to be and what he wanted to do.
“Michael chose the career with the highest purpose, and he joined the finest department anywhere in the world,” said the mayor. “He knew what he believed in.”
The red street sign bears Fahy’s name along with his Battalion 19 and the FDNY logo, while the plaque notes that he “made the supreme sacrifice while in the performance of duty.”