Ceremony for FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy.

New York City Mayor's Office

City honors fallen hero FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy

September 27, 2018 - 2:32 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A ceremony was held Thursday, in the Bronx to unveil a plaque and a street sign dedicated to FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy.

The 17-year FDNY veteran was killed in the line of duty two years ago, when he was struck by falling debris from a gas explosion at a marijuana grow house.

Fahy was survived by his wife and three children.

Mayor Bill de Blasio presided over the ceremony and spoke directly to Fahy's son Michael.

"When you know your dad's a hero, you will take that with you every day of your life. It will boost you, it will strengthen you, and even in a moment of doubt you will know that the blood coursing through your veins is the blood of a hero, so carry that with you as a strength," he said.

Two men pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with the explosion. They were sentenced to prison in August.

"This case was an extremely rare instance in which someone is held criminally responsible for conditions that caused the death of a firefighter in the line of duty in New York City," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. "I hope the prison sentences will send a message to those who would be callous about the safety of residents and first responders."

Garivaldi Castillo, 33, was sentenced to 2 to 6 years for manslaughter, and 5 years for a marijuana charge.

Julio Salcedo, 36, will serve 1 to 3 years for manslaughter, and marijuana possession.