YONKERS, N.Y. — The funeral and wake have been scheduled for a beloved FDNY battalion chief killed in the line of duty when a Bronx home exploded earlier this week.
Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy was a father to three young children and described by colleagues as a “brave man” and “rising star” in the department.
Fahy died Tuesday — the 44-year-old was directing traffic from a Bronx home, and site of a suspected gas leak, when the building exploded. He was struck by flying debris.
"We lost a hero today, and our members are all saddened," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said when announcing Fahy’s death.
A wake honoring Fahy is scheduled to take place at Flower Funeral Home in Yonkers Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., and again Friday during the same hours, FDNY posted online.
His funeral will take place at Annunciation Church in Yonkers Saturday at 11 a.m.
The online post did not state if either are open to the public.
Fahy’s wake comes a day after a second man was detained in connection to an alleged marijuana grow found at the Bronx home that exploded.
The cause of the blast remains under investigation, but police suspect it is connected to the supposed grow house.
Fahy was a 17-year veteran of the department, and followed in his father’s footsteps — the older Fahy having retired in 2011 after serving 33 years.
"I want to thank everyone … for all they did to try to save him and comfort the family, and my profound thanks to the members of the FDNY and NYPD who also tried to save him," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. "It's a very sad day for our city."
Fahy is survived by his parents, wife, and three children, ages 6, 8 and 11.
Answer The Call, an organization that works to support the families of slain firefighters and police in New York City, plans to give the Fahy family $25,000 in support.
In addition, the FDNY asks anyone wishing to make a donation in Fahy's honor to do so through the FDNY Foundation.
To see additional photos of Fahy and his family, click here.