ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Not many kids get to throw out the first pitch at a Mets game, but for three little ones whose father, an FDNY chief, died last year in a line of duty death, that's just what they will be doing on Wednesday, July 19, at Citi Field.
The three children lost their father, Michael Fahy of North Rockland, in an explosion in the Bronx in September. Since that time, life has slowly been getting back to normal. The chance to throw the first pitch is one more step in the process.
Fahy's wife, Fiona, and the children have been helped along by Answer the Call, the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund that provides financial assistance and a network of support to the families of NYC police officers, firefighters, port authority police officers, and EMS personnel killed in the line of duty.
The kids will take to the pitcher's mound during the organization's 33rd annual Mets Game & Family Night along with 600 other beneficiaries.
Fiona Fahy said the group has been a great help to her family: "As they always do, Answer the Call reached out to our family immediately after my husband was killed," she said.
She added the family has always been big Mets fans and being a part of Answer the Call, which was formed by a former Met Rusty Staub, they've come to realize how absolutely sincere the Mets are about their commitment to New York's first responders.
"Cheering on the Mets has always been one of our favorite ways to spend summer family time and it always will be," she added.