FDNY investigators are focusing on whether a city firefighter from Bethpage who fell five stories to his death in Queens was jolted from a raised fire truck bucket, an official said Friday afternoon.
William Tolley, 42, was getting in the bucket or had just gotten in it when the accident occurred, said the official, who was briefed on the preliminary findings of the investigation. Tolley, from Ladder 135, was not yet harnessed, said the official, who said.
“He hadn’t had an opportunity to do that yet,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said there’s a piece missing from the top of the five-story apartment building in Ridgewood and that corresponding piece may have been found on the ground. Investigators are eyeing whether it came off when the bucket made contact with the building.
A second official who asked not to be identified said there appeared to be contact between the bucket and the concrete edge of the roof.
“There’s some scraping” on the edge, the second official said. The bucket “scraped away a little bit of the concrete.”
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