Firefighter Killed Battling Ridgewood Fire – New York News

Firefighter Killed Battling Ridgewood Fire – New York News

Tolley with his wife and daughter. Photo courtesy of FDNY

By Jon Cronin

Firefighter William Tolley, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, died on April 20 after he fell from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm fire in Ridgewood.

The city’s Fire Department announced on April 21 that Tolley, 42, who was assigned to Glendale’s Ladder 135, was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center after the fall and succumbed to his injuries there.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella. The FDNY noted that Tolley is the 1,147th firefighter ever “to make the supreme sacrifice while serving our city.”

Tolley started his career at Ladder 135 in December 2003. He had previously been assigned to Jamaica’s Ladder 155 in March 2010 and returned to Ladder 135 in October 2011.

A memorial service will be held at the firehouse, located at 66-44 Myrtle Ave in Glendale, on Friday at 6 p.m.

Children from the Happily Ever After Daycare came with flowers to pay tribute to Tolley. Photo by Robert Stridiron. 

The department stated that donations in his honor can be made to the Firefighter William Tolley’s Children’s Educational Fund by clicking here ( and selecting the fund in the drop down menu.

The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, known as Answer the Call, stated that they will be, “providing $25,000 to Firefighter Tolley’s widow and intends to provide ongoing financial support in the form of an annual stipend for the rest of her life, or as long as the organization has the means to do so.”

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