William N. Tolley, Firefighter

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At 1420hrs, Firefighter William N. Tolley and members of Ladder 135, along with additional fire units, responded to a fire in a second floor apartment in a five-story apartment building at 1615 Putnam Avenue in Queens. Firefighter Tolley, who was assigned as his unit’s outside ventilation firefighter, was accessing the roof of the structure when he fell five stories. Firefighter Tolley was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the fall.

Department information

Fire Department New York City
9 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: James E. Leonard

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 42
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 20, 2017 14:20
Date of death: April 20, 2017
Cause of death: Fall
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Ventilation
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential