FDNY firefighter William Tolley, from Bethpage, dies after fall, officials say

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Thousands gathered to mourn New York City firefighter William Tolley from Bethpage on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at a funeral held at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Bethpage. Tolley, 42, of Ladder 135, died Thursday, April 20, after falling five stories from a roof while battling a fire at a building in Ridgewood, Queens, officials said.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's wife and daughter
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The wife and daughter of fallen NYFD Firefighter William Tolley leave the church, St. Martin of Tours, in Bethpage, after his funeral on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Isabella Tolley, 8, wears her dad's dress uniform hat and carries his helmet. A blanket printed with his portrait is wrapped around her.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's wife and daughter
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NYFD Firefighter William Tolley's daughter, Isabella, 8, wears his dress uniform hat and holds his helmet after a funeral for her dad on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage.  Wrapped around her is a blanket with his portrait. 

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's body leaving St.
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The coffin of NYFD Firefighter William Tolley is taken from the church, St. Martin of Tours, after a funeral Thursday, April 27, 2017. His wife and daughter follow with family and friends. 

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NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's wife and daughter
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Isabella Tolley, 8, wears her father's dress uniform hat and carries a blanket with his portrait as she leaves St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage after his funeral on  April 27, 2017. NYFD Firefighter William Tolley died April 20, 2017, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's wife and daughter
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The wife and daughter of fallen NYFD Firefighter William Tolley leave the church, St. Martin of Tours, in Bethpage, after his funeral on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Isabella Tolley, 8, wears her dad's dress uniform hat and holds a blanket printed with his portrait. 

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's wife and daughter
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As the wife of NYFD Firefighter William Tolley, his daughter, and family and friends leave the church with his coffin, they look up to see a helicopter flyover. Tolley's daughter, Isabella, 8, holds a blanket with is face on it and wearing his dress uniform hat. The funeral was at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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A helicopter flyover was part of the funeral for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's body leaving St.
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The coffin of NYFD Firefighter William Tolley's leaves St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage followed by his wife, family and friends on Thursday, April 27, 2017, after his funeral.

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NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's body leaving St.
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The coffin of NYFD Firefighter William Tolley's leaves St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage followed by family and friends on Thursday, April 27, 2017, after his funeral.

William Tolley's 8-year-old daughter, Isabella carries her father's
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Isabella Tolley, 8, the daughter of fallen NYFD Firefighter William Tolley carries her father's helmet after funeral services on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Firefighters from New York City and Long Island salute FDNY Firefighter William Tolley during his funeral on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty for FDNY on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Bethpage Volunteer firefighters place the gear of FDNY
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Firefighters with the Bethpage Fire Department place the gear of FDNY and Bethpage Volunteer Firefighter William Tolley in front of the department bell outside of their headquarters while awaiting the funeral procession, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty for FDNY on April 20, while battling a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Bethpage Volunteer firefighters place the gear of FDNY
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Firefighters from the Bethpage Fire Department place the gear of FDNY and Bethpage Volunteer Firefighter William Tolley in front of the department bell outside of their Headquarters while awaiting the funeral procession, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty for the NYFD on April 20, while battling a fire in Ridgewood Queens.

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Firefighters salute as the funeral procession for FDNY
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Firefighters salute as the funeral procession for FDNY and Bethpage Volunteer firefighter William Tolley makes its way to the church, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty yesterday while battling a fire in Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Fire fighters in formation while the funeral procession
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Firefighters in formation while the funeral procession enters Central Avenue to celebrate the life of NYFD firefighter William Tolley at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage April 27, 2017.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley's body taken into
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Fellow firefighters carry the coffin of NYFD firefighter William Tolley into St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley, wife and daughter
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NYFD firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage April 27, 2017.

NYFD firefighter William N. Tolley, wife and daughter
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NYFD firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage on April 27, 2017.

Fire fighters in formation while the funeral procession
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Firefighters in formation during the funeral procession enter Central Avenue to celebrate the life of NYFD firefighter William Tolley at his funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage on April 27, 2017.

Firefighter William Tolley's wife Marie and daughter Isabella
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Firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, arrive for his funeral services, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Firefighter William Tolley's wife Marie and daughter Isabella
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Firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, arrive for his funeral services, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Funeral services for FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, Thursday,
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Funeral services for FDNY firefighter William Tolley, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

Fallen FDNY Firefighter William Tolley's wife Marie and
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Fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, leave St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage Thursday morning, April 27, 2017

Hundreds of firefighters gathered to stand at attention
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Hundreds of firefighters gathered to stand at attention as firefighter William Tolley's coffin is brought into St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage Thursday morning, April 27, 2017, as his wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, follow along. 

Police motorcycles and hundreds of firefighters gathered to
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Police motorcycles and hundreds of firefighters gather to stand at attention as fallen firefighter William Tolley's coffin is brought into St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage Thursday morning, April 27, 2017, as his wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, follow along. 

Hundreds of firefighters gathered to stand at attention
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Hundreds of firefighters gathered to stand at attention as William Tolley's coffin is brought into St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage Thursday morning, April 27, 2017, as his wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, follow along. 

New York City Firefighters carry the coffin containing
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Firefighters carry the coffin of FDNY firefighter William Tolley from Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage to a truck that will carry it to the church, St. Martin of Tours, also in Bethpage, for a funeral on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, while fighting a fire in Ridgewood, Queens.

New York City Firefighters carry the casket containing
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Firefighters place the coffin of FDNY firefighter William Tolley on a truck to be carried from the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage to the church, St. Martin of Tours, for a funeral on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 

Members of the FDNY begin to arrive for
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Members of the FDNY line up at St. Martin of Tours church in Bethpage on  Thursday, April 27, 2017, for the funeral of firefighter William Tolley of Ladder Company 135.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio exits
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio leaves after paying respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley of Bethpage at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Fireman stand at attention as the family of
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FDNY firefighters stand at attention as the family of fallen firefighter William Tolley of Bethpage enters the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

NYFD Captain Rich Blasi of Ladder Company 135
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FDNY Capt. Rich Blasi of Ladder Company 135 talks about firefighter William Tolley of Bethpage, who died in the line of duty, outside the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Wake for William N. Tolley of Ladder Company
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Fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley's wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, leave the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Fireman salute as the family of William N.
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Firefighters salute as the family of William Tolley of Ladder Company 135, who died in the line of duty, arrive at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Firefighters, Friends, and loved ones brave the heavy
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Firefighters, friends and loved ones arrive in the heavy rain to gather and pay their respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley at Chapey and Sons Funeral home in Bethpage on April 25, 2017

Firefighters, Friends, and loved ones brave the heavy
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Firefighters, friends, and loved ones arrive in the heavy rain to gather and pay their respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley at Chapey and Sons Funeral home in Bethpage on April 25, 2017

Firefighters, Friends, and loved ones brave the heavy
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Firefighters, friends and loved ones arrive in the heavy rain to gather and pay their respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley at Chapey and Sons Funeral home in Bethpage on April 25, 2017

FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, left, joined
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FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, left, joins firefighters, friends and loved ones in the heavy rain to gather and pay their respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley at Chapey and Sons Funeral home in Bethpage on April 25, 2017

Firefighters, Friends, and loved ones brave the heavy
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Firefighters, friends and loved ones arrive in the heavy rain to gather and pay their respects at the wake for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley at Chapey and Sons Funeral home in Bethpage on April 25, 2017

Firefighters from FDNY Engine 286 and Ladder 135
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Firefighters from FDNY Engine 286 and Ladder 135 get emotional during a ceremony Friday, April 21, 2017, in honor of their colleague, Willam Tolley, who fell to his death while responding to a fire in Ridgewood, Queens. Tolley, who served on Ladder 135, was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY and leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old daughter.

The procession makes its way down Hickville Road
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The procession makes its way down Hickville Road as the body of FDNY member and Bethpage volunteer firefighter William Tolley is transferred to Chapey and Sons funeral home in Bethpage on Friday, April 21, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20 while battling a fire in Queens.

Firefighters hug as the body of FDNY and
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Firefighters console one another as the body of FDNY and Bethpage volunteer firefighter William Tolley is transferred to Chapey and Sons funeral home in Bethpage, Friday, April 21, 2017. Tolley died in the line of duty on April 20, 2017 while battling a fire in Queens.

Fireman salute as the body of FDNY fireman
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Firefighters salute the body of FDNY firefighter William Tolley, 42, of Bethpage, as it is removed from the medical examiner's office in Manhattan on Friday, April 21, 2017, en route to the Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home on Hicksville Road in Bethpage.

Handout photo of NYC firefighter William Tolley, provided
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NYFD firefighter William Tolley in his gear near the pile of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The photo was provided by his friend, Chris Pervelis of Centereach.

 

Chris Pervelis becomes upset inside the basement of
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Chris Pervelis, a friend of NYFD firefighter William Tolley, grieves on Friday, April 21, 2017, as he stands in the basement of his Centereach house near the drums that belonged to Tolley. Tolley was the drummer in their band, Internal Bleeding. He came once a week to practice at Pervelis' home.

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