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.”