The firefighter who fell to his death from a Queens roof was identified as a 14-year veteran and father of an 8-year-old girl, officials said.
Firefighter William Tolley was doing routine work on the roof of a five-story residential building on Putnam Avenue where fellow bravest were putting out a 2-alarm blaze when he fell five stories, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who said the department is investigating what went wrong during the routine work.
“Nothing about the fire had to do with the accident — it was really the operation he was performing on the roof,” he said at a press conference at Wyckoff Hospital. “it was really a routine operation.”
Tolley, who was stationed at Engine 286 / Ladder 135 in Ridgewood, will not be forgotten, Mayor de Blasio said.
“He did it willingly in service of others, and today he made ultimate sacrifice,” de Blasio said. “Our hearts go out to his family. We will stand with you not only today but the days ahead and for years and years to come.”
He left behind wife Marie, 45, and 8-year-old daughter Bella, de Blasio said.
The FDNY is still reeling from the loss of EMT Yadira Arroyo, who was run over by a career criminal in Queens in March, Nigro said.