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Road closures announced for firefighter’s wake

A procession makes its way down Hicksville Road

A procession makes its way down Hicksville Road as the body of FDNY and Bethpage Volunteer firefighter William Tolley is transferred to Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage, Friday, April 21, 2017. Credit: Steve Pfost

Roads will be closed in Bethpage and parking restricted Tuesday and Wednesday for the wake of FDNY veteran William Tolley, who fell five stories to his death in a Queens fire.

Traffic will be off limits from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Stewart Avenue from Hempstead Turnpike to Boundary Avenue. Route 107, or Hicksville Road, between Hempstead Turnpike and Boundary Avenue will also be closed to traffic from noon to 10:30 p.m. both days, Nassau police said.

Hundreds of mourners, including firefighters from around the area, are expected to pay tribute to Tolley at the Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home on Hicksville Road.

Tolley, 42, fell from the roof of a Ridgewood apartment during a minor blaze Thursday and investigators are trying to determine if he was jolted from the fire truck bucket. The 14-year FDNY veteran from Bethpage leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old daughter.


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