YONKERS, N.Y. — The FDNY has honored a firefighter killed in a Bronx blast earlier this week with a posthumous promotion.
Michael J. Fahy was named to the rank of Deputy Chief, a position that colleagues say is "well-deserved for the department's rising star."
"It was a great tragedy to lose the chief," FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters, "a hero in New York City who lost his life while saving others."
Fahy, a Battalion Chief, died earlier this week when a Bronx home exploded, sending debris flying. The 44-year-old firefighter was nearby directing traffic away from the scene when he was hit by parts of the building.
The blast is still being determined, but police suspect the home was a marijuana grow house and have detained two men in connection with the investigation.
Hundreds of firefighters, friends and family members gathered at a Yonkers funeral home Thursday for a wake honoring Fahy.
Various guests remembered the 17-year FDNY vet as a remarkable firefighter, a devoted husband and father of three, and a selfless individual.
"You knew that he was very talented. He was quiet, he was respectful, he knew what to do," said firefighter Steve d'Amato, who served alongside Fahy in Engine 35 Ladder 14. "It shouldn't have happened. It was too early. It's just tragic."
A second wake for Fahy is scheduled Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. His funeral will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Church in Yonkers.