2017-04-26 / Editorials

Heroes Every Day

Once again, one of our brave first responders has lost his life in Queens.

We often hear the expression, “everyday heroes.” These are people who put their lives on the line, any day, every day – they risk life and limb to save and protect us, the ordinary citizens. This is nothing to be taken for granted. Just because they do it every day does not imply that it is anything inconsequential, it only adds to the magnitude of their selfless work. All too often we hear of one or more of these heroes getting injured or worse, giving their lives while trying to save others – firefighters like 14-year veteran William Tolley, 42, who died trying to save people from a fire in Ridgewood.

We cannot fathom the pain and sorrow of his wife, Marie and daughter, Isabelle, 8, and his parents and brother, Bobby, who now must live their lives without their beloved husband and father, son and brother; nor that of his brothers in the FDNY who have lost a comrade and friend, the 1,172nd member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty. We are truly humbled by the sacrifices they have made.

Never forget the sacrifices made daily by the men and women of the FDNY, NYPD, EMT and all first responders.

We at the Gazette honor the memory of, and offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of William Tolley, one of New York’s Bravest. It is the least we could do in his memory and for his loved ones – those left behind by another everyday hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

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