On Thursday September 27th, New York City Fire Chief Michael Fahy was remembered during a ceremony marking the two year anniversary of his death. Fahy’s father, widow, and son were in attendance.
On September 27th, 2016, firefighters were called to respond to a potential gas leak in a home on West 234th Street in the Bronx. Unexpectedly, the house exploded, sending debris in every direction and killing Mr. Fahy. After an investigation of the house, it was discovered that the residence had been being used as a marijuana growing facility. Windows covered with foil had prevented the leaking gas to be ventilated, according to a report from the Bronx District Attorney.
May Bill deBlasio spoke at last week’s ceremony.
Just two months ago, Garivaldi Castillo, 33, and Julio Salcedo, 36, were convicted in Fahy’s death. Both men pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
“Battalion Chief Michael Fahy spent the last moments of his life saving others,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said in a statement. “He responded to a gas-infused building and instructed the residents — including one of the defendants — to evacuate.”