QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, who died from injuries he sustained while fighting a fire yesterday afternoon in an apartment building at 16-15 Putnam Avenue in Ridgewood.

“Today our Borough and City mourn the loss of one of New York’s Bravest. Mr. Tolley died from injuries sustained while doing the dangerous and heroic job of protecting New Yorkers. We deeply mourn Mr. Tolley’s sudden loss, and salute the courage he displayed and sacrifices he made every single day throughout his 14 years of service to the people of the City of New York. Our prayers are with his family at this time, especially his wife, his young daughter, his brother and his parents. Our thoughts are also with the rest of his family, friends and the entire FDNY community.

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