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June 14, 2002


Heroes Lost Their Lives During Father's Day Fire

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today unveiled a plaque honoring the memory of fallen Firefighters Brian Fahey and Harry Ford. The two veteran firefighters from Rescue Company 4 died on June 17 (Father's Day), 2001, as a result of injuries sustained while battling a fast-moving fifth alarm fire in a hardware store in Queens. Mayor Bloomberg was joined by members of the Fahey and Ford families along with hundreds of friends, Firefighters, and Fire Officers for the plaque dedication at the quarters of Rescue Company 4.

"Firefighters Brian Fahey and Harry Ford spent their lives protecting the lives of others and courageously served their fellow New Yorkers," Mayor Bloomberg said. "These two men embodied the true spirit of New York's Bravest, selflessly making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on Father's Day one year ago. While we cannot bring Firefighters Fahey and Ford back to their families, friends, or Company, we can honor their service and valor by never forgetting their efforts and the work of their brothers and sisters in the FDNY."

"One year ago, when Brian Fahey and Harry Ford died in the line of duty, all New Yorkers mourned the loss of a these brave men who risked their lives to protect others," Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said. "Although a raging fire took their lives - as well as the life of Firefighter John Downing - it did not take their spirit or the strength of their example. This plaque will serve as a fitting tribute to these brave men and offer inspiration to those who will come after them."

Firefighter Brain Fahey was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY and was assigned to Rescue Company 4 in Queens. During his career, he worked at Engine Companies 249 and 298, as well as Ladder Company 155. A resident of East Rockaway, Long Island, he is survived by his wife Mary and three sons, Brendan, 9, and twins Patrick and James, 4.

Firefighter Harry Ford was a 27-year veteran of the FDNY and was assigned to Rescue Company 4 in Queens. During his career, he worked at Ladder Companies 11 and 108. A resident of Long Beach, Long Island, he is survived by his wife Denise, daughter Janna, 25, and two sons Harry, 13, and Gerard, 11. Firefighter Ford was cited nine times for bravery and heroism during his career.

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