New York City Street Named After Internal Bleeding Drummer and Firefighter Bill Tolley
A year ago in April, Internal Bleeding drummer and 14-year FDNY veteran William (“Bill”) Tolley died in a freak accident fighting a fire in Queens, NY after falling five stories from a roof.
A portion of 66th Pl. in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, where Tolley’s former firehouse is based (Engine 286 and Ladder 135), has now been renamed in his honor with a street sign reading “Firefighter William N. Tolley” at the corner of Myrtle Ave. Internal Bleeding posted a photo to their Instagram of the new street sign yesterday.
Tolley’s death was allegedly not directly related to the fire, which was described as “routine” and a “small blaze” three floors below and was confined to a single room in a one-bedroom apartment, making Tolley’s death all the more tragic. The fire was “mainly extinguished” by the time Tolley fell. Two witnesses described seeing Tolley take a misstep as he attempted to transfer himself from the bucket at the end of a ladder onto the roof. Tolley left behind his wife, Marie, and an eight-year-old daughter.
R.I.P., Billy. As Internal Bleeding have said, “forever a hero.”