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Legislators Pass Resolution Memorializing Fallen Chief From Westchester

FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahey
FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahey Photo Credit: FDNY

State Sen. George Latimer (D-Westchester) recently joined Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers) and other colleagues in the state legislature to support a resolution “Memorializing the Life of Fallen Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy."

Fahy, a New York City Fire Department battalion chief, passed away on Sept. 27, 2016, following a building explosion in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. He was a Yonkers resident and North Rockland High School graduate

"The work we do here in this chamber pales in comparison to the work that Chief Fahy and his fellow firefighters do every day in communities across this great state," said Latimer. "I am honored to live in and represent a community of such great heroes."

Latimer was joined in sponsoring the resolution by Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who represents Kingsbridge, among many other State Senate members.

In the Assembly, Mayer was a co-sponsor of the resolution with Assemblymember Victor Pichardo, who represents the Kingsbridge area where Fahy worked.

“The resolution is but a small token of what we can do to commemorate his life and his work,” said Mayer. “Chief Fahy put his life on the line, and his family should know just how much of a hero he is in our eyes, too. We will always be grateful for his service and his bravery, and continue to have his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Fahy is survived by his wife, Fiona, and their three children, Michael, Cormac and Ann Elisabeth.

Latimer added, "My heart goes out to Battalion Chief Fahy, his wife and their children. To be a battalion chief is not just a commitment of your own, but also a commitment made by those who love you."

"I so appreciate my colleagues in the State Senate, as well as the Assembly, pausing to honor a great man who so selflessly gave of himself. I deeply admire the work and life of Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy and thank Senator Rivera and my other colleagues for honoring him."

Members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) including FDNY UFOA President, James Lemonda; Chief’s Representative and Deputy Chief, Paul Ferro; Lieutenant James McCarthy; and Lieutenant Patrick Dunn, joined the legislative sponsors for the passage of the resolution in Albany on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

“The men and women of our community who serve as firefighters know the risks their work involves, but they have a deep sense of public service and a love for their work," noted Mayer. "Chief Fahy embodied these values, and we will continue to remember him in this light,” noted Mayer.

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