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  • FDNY- Father's Day 2001

    NEW YORK (AP) - Three firefighters who were killed in a building
    explosion on Father's Day two years ago were honored in a Queens
    street renaming ceremony on Sunday.
    Bagpipers played "Amazing Grace" as the children of
    firefighters John Downing, Brian Fahey and Harry Ford unveiled the
    street signs renaming a two-block stretch of Astoria Boulevard
    after their fathers.
    "Long before September 11, 2001, firefighters were sacrificing
    for New Yorkers all around this city, and while the numbers may not
    have been as large, we know that the sacrifices were just as
    great," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, who represents the
    area.
    The three firefighters were killed when a five-alarm blaze set
    off an explosion in the basement of a Queens hardware store, where
    propane tanks and paint were stored.
    Ford, 50, and Downing, 40, were killed when the building's roof
    and facade came crashing down on them. Fahey, 46, died after being
    trapped in the basement. They were survived by their wives and a
    total of eight children.
    In response to the Father's Day tragedy, the City Council passed
    legislation making it illegal to store flammable materials in a
    basement without sprinklers, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said
    Sunday.
    "Still today, New York City is trying to do what it can do to
    honor the memories of these fine men," Vallone said.
    About 200 firefighters, friends and family members attended the
    ceremony.
    "It's just beautiful to see the amount of men who would give up
    their Father's Day to honor my husband," said Fahey's widow, Mary
    Fahey. "It's just beautiful, and it's touching."
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    On the Net:
    NYC fire department:
    http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/fdny/home.html

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