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First Responders lauded

The Michael J. Fahy Award recipient for 2018, Lieutenant Andrew Farrell Magenheim, is presented with his award by FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. Photo by Nuala Purcell.


By Ray O’Hanlon

The heavy rain was no deterrent.

Last Friday evening, first responders from around the nation were honored at the fifth annual Irish Echo First Responders awards gathering held at Rosie O’Grady’s Manhattan Club.

And for the third year FDNY hero Michael Joseph Fahy was remembered for his heroism and the honor he brought to the wider Irish American community.

Fahy’s name is etched into the Michael J. Fahy Profile in Bravery Award which was presented to the 2018 recipient, Lieutenant Andrew Farrell Magenheim.

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Magenheim, a New Yorker and Rockland County resident, is a lieutenant with the FDNY currently assigned to the Ladder Division in Manhattan, and specifically Ladder 26 in East Harlem.

The award that Lieutenant Magenheim received honors Michael Fahy, who died after being struck by debris when a suspected drug lab house in a Bronx house exploded.

Fahy, who was posthumously promoted to Deputy Chief, was a father of two sons and a daughter, and a 17-year department veteran.

In addition to Lieutenant Magenheim, 17 other first responders from around the tri-state area and beyond were honored at the awards gathering.

They included FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard, who commands 15000 firefighters and EMS personnel charged with protecting the people of New York City.

The keynote speaker on the night was Chief Michael Gala of the FDNY.