Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the posthumous promotion of Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy – who was killed in an explosion in the Bronx – to the rank of Deputy Chief – the highest civil service promotional achievement in the FDNY.
Chief Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the Department, passed the exam for Deputy Chief in 2013 and is on the list for promotion to that title.
“Chief Michael Fahy was a very talented member of the FDNY who died protecting and serving our great city,” said Mayor de Blasio. “His career was remarkable both for his selfless devotion to duty and his meteoric ascension in rank, which continues today with this deserved promotion to Deputy Chief in the FDNY.”
“Chief Fahy achieved the rank of Chief Officer faster than any active member of the Department,” said Commissioner Nigro. “He was a rising star who accomplished so much during his 17 years with the FDNY, and is deserving of this promotion for his selfless dedication and service.”
Chief Fahy was appointed as a firefighter in August of 1999 and was assigned to Engine Company 35 in Harlem where he worked for five years before transferring to Ladder 14, located in the same firehouse. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Battalion 3 in the Bronx, before being assigned to Engine 83 in the South Bronx. Upon his promotion to Captain in 2007, he was transferred to Division 1 in lower Manhattan, where he worked in multiple fire companies. After being promoted to Battalion Chief, he first worked in Battalion 20 in the Bronx before transferring to Battalion 19.
Chief Fahy is the 1,145th Firefighter to die in the line of duty since the FDNY’s founding in 1865. The last member of the Department to die on duty was Lieutenant Gordan M. Ambelas of Ladder 119 on July 5, 2014.