NY firefighter dies after falling several stories

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NEW YORK - A 14-year veteran firefighter of the FDNY died after falling while battling a fire at an apartment building in Queens Thursday.

The fire started at 2:20 p.m. on the second floor of a five-story apartment building.

A city official says the firefighter appeared to have been moving between the bucket of Ladder 135 and the roof of the building when he fell. A witness said he was exiting the roof and was in the process of hooking his safety line when the truck moved, causing the ladder to rock and throwing the firefighter off balance.

The firefighter was rushed to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.
Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the firefighter as 42-year-old William Tolley. He is survived by his wife, 8-year-old daughter, brother and his parents.

The fire, which a city official characterized as a relatively minor second-alarm fire, was placed under control at 3 p.m. with three other minor injuries.

Tolley is survived by his wife, Marie; 8-year-old daughter, Isabella; brother, Bobby; and both of his parents. He spent his entire FDNY career with Ladder 135.

Mayor de Blasio and fire officials arrived at the hospital late Thursday afternoon, shortly after the incident.

"To his family we say, we stand with you, not only today, but the days ahead and for years to come," de Blasio said.

The last firefighter killed in the line of duty was Deputy Chief Michael Fahy, who died in an explosion at a marijuana grow house in the Bronx on September 27, 2016.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro held a plaque ceremony earlier Thursday adding Fahy to the list of names on the department's Memorial Wall.