Wife of Fallen Firefighter Wants Funds to Help Soldiers Instead

Michael Fahy's widow turned down offer to use donations to pay off family mortgage
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2016 12:50 PM CDT
Wife of Fallen Firefighter Wants Funds to Help Soldiers Instead
Eleven-year-old Michael Fahy joins firefighters in a salute of his deceased father, NYC Deputy Fire Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, at his funeral outside Annunciation Church in Yonkers, NY, on Saturday.   (Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News via AP)

As donations pour in to help the wife of a fallen FDNY battalion chief, she's shocked everyone with an announcement of her own: She'd like to forego the money for herself and give it to a group that helps wounded soldiers, the New York Post reports. Michael Fahy was killed Sept. 27 when a suspected drug lab exploded in the Bronx, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation—an organization that offers support to injured service members and firefighters—immediately approached Fahy's wife, Fiona, with a generous offer. "We wanted to pay off and help with the mortgage," says COO John Hodge. But Fahy, who had just watched a documentary about the organization with her husband the week before, had other ideas about what to do with the money.

Instead, she asked Hodge that any funds raised in her family's name go toward another T2T initiative: Building for America's Bravest, a program that custom-builds smart, energy-efficient homes for the most severely injured service members so they can "live better, more independent lives." "I think there was a reason we watched that [documentary] together a few nights before," Fahy said at a Thursday press conference at her husband's firehouse. She added that the tragedy has been incredibly difficult to bear for her, her two sons, and daughter, but she said "the love and support of friends and strangers alike has kept us standing this week," per the New York Daily News. (More uplifting news stories.)

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