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Breaking News, Queens, NY: FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, 42, Dies in Fall From Building While Battling Apartment Fire

Report by Paula Antolini
April 20,2017 6:28PM EDT

 

Photo: FDNY Firefighter William Tolley.

 

Breaking News, Queens, NY: FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, 42, Dies in Fall From Building While Battling Apartment Fire

FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, 42, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, died Thursday afternoon in a fall from an apartment building roof while battling a fire, landing on the pavement below.  He fell five stories from the roof, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference.

 

 

Tolley was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in serious condition and was later pronounced dead.  Tolley was a firefighter at Ladder 135 Engine 286.  He leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old daughter, said Commissioner Nigro.

Mayor de Blasio met with the family at the hospital and later held a news conference.

 

 

The death comes one month after FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was killed as she and her partner tried to stop a 25-year-old man from hijacking the ambulance they were in.

The fire began shortly after 2 p.m. on the second floor of the five-story apartment building on Putnam Avenue in Ridgewood, and was contained by approximately 3 p.m.  An investigation is ongoing as to what caused the fire.

 

Photo: Twitter post about William Tolley from FDNY.  Click to view larger.

 

Bethel Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department posted:Our thoughts are with New York City Fire Department (FDNY) today as they mourn the loss of one of their own during an incident in Queens.”

 

 

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