NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On Thursday, the FDNY honored three firefighters who lost their lives in a Father’s Day fire 20 years ago.
The FDNY gathered in Astoria, Queens, to lay a wreath at the site where Harry Ford, Brian Fahey and John Downing died.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Man Violently Rips Necklaces Off Woman Out Walking Her Dog In Queens
They were killed while trying to put out a fire in a hardware store. An explosion caused the building to collapse.READ MORE: Robert Durst Expected To Take The Stand In Los Angeles Murder Trial
“It was a day that broke all of our hearts with eight children suddenly left without their beloved fathers. They were away from their own families on duty protecting others,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.MORE NEWS: FDR Drive Reopens After Tractor-Trailer Hits Overpass
Ford had been a firefighter for 27 years, Fahey 14 and Downing had 11 years with the department.