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Council Member Crowley Honors Memory of Firefighter William Tolley At Glendale Tree Lighting Ceremony

BY DR. DAN MILLER AND JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley led the community in honoring the memory of fallen firefighter William Tolley by dedicating their annual Christmas tree lighting to him. A memorial stone sits right next to it, with a picture of Firefighter Tolley and his name engraved, for all to see for generations to come. Members of the local firehouse, Engine 286/Ladder 135, also known as Myrtle’s Turtles, annually decorate the tree each holiday season.

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley led the community in honoring the memory of fallen firefighter William Tolley by dedicating their annual Christmas tree lighting to him. A memorial stone sits right next to it, with a picture of Firefighter Tolley and his name engraved, for all to see for generations to come. Members of the local firehouse, Engine 286/Ladder 135, also known as Myrtle’s Turtles, annually decorate the tree each holiday season. On Saturday December 9, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley honored the memory of fallen firefighter William Tolley who lost his life in a fall from the roof of a building in the course of fighting a fire in Ridgewood back in April 2017. Tolley, 42, was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, stationed with company 135 Queens.

Crowley hosted the annual Tree Lighting at Fred Haller Photos Courtesy of the Office of Council Member Elizabeth CrowleyPhotos Courtesy of the Office of Council Member Elizabeth CrowleyTriangle in Glendale, celebrating the start of the holiday season. This year’s tree lighting was dedicated to Tolley who was always part of the things that have gone on in Glendale. He left behind a wife and two young children. To honor the fallen member of the FDNY Crowley named the tree the Tolley Tree and stationed it next to a memorial stone with a photo of Tolley and his name engraved on it.

The tree lighting was attending by dozens of firefighters as well as Tolley’s brother and friends and more than 100 Glendale residents showing their support for Tolley’s family and appreciation of his dedication to the community.

Crowley addressed the crowd, saying, “every year this tree lighting is incredibly special. But this year held extra meaning. Firefighter Tolley dedicated his life to protecting this community, and it’s only right we dedicate this to him.”

 

 

 

 

 

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