- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) - Thousands of mourners gathered at the Long Island funeral of William Tolley, a New York City firefighter who fell to his death last week while battling a fire a Queens.

Tolley’s casket was carried into St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Bethpage Thursday morning to the sound of bagpipes as firefighters, some from as far as Chicago, Detroit and Louisiana, stood at attention.

“He laid down his life in the service of others,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the funeral. “… a rich life, a full life, a life full of feeling and love and giving to others, a life lived the way we all should live.”

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro commended the 42-year-old Tolley for being “truly something special.”

Tolley, who also served as a volunteer for the Bethpage and Hicksville fire departments, was on the roof of an apartment building when he fell five stories. Investigators still don’t know what caused him to fall.

He leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old daughter.

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