Firefighter Killed in Fall at Queens Apartment Fire
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
A "man dedicated to protecting others gave his life to this work", de Blasio said.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Tolley, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, was pronounced dead shortly after he fell from the building on Putnam Ave. near Wyckoff Ave.in Ridgewood just after 2:20 p.m., according to the FDNY.
"Everyone is in shock and grief", de Blasio wrote on Twitter. "To William's family, we not only stand by you today but in the weeks and years ahead. This is what the FDNY does, stays with families", the mayor added.
Tolley is the 1,147th firefighter in the history of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.
Witnesses said they were watching fire crews battling the blaze when one of them fell from the roof of the building.
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It was there where Mayor de Blasio held a press conference at 5 p.m., alongside FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, Councilmembers Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Ridgewood) to offer his condolences to Tolley's family and friends.
Witnesses tweeted videos from the scene of the fire.
"I seen the fireman go up the ladder, go in the white thing - the bucket - and then the ladder shakes". Firefighter Tolley fell five stories from the roof and he perished about 20 minutes into fighting that fire. "All of the sudden I heard a noise", she said. "I just saw when the body came over. I started to scream". "It didn't feel real".
Fahy, killed by a September 27, 2016, explosion at a marijuana grow house in the Bronx, was added to the list of names on the department's Memorial Wall. Fahy, 44, of Yonkers, was killed by falling debris from an explosion that blew the roof off a home in the Bronx.