Tree lighting ceremony honors William Tolley

Tree Lighting

Over the weekend, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley hosted 100 local residents and members of the FDNY for the annual Glendale Tree Lighting at the Fred Haller Triangle.

PS 113’s Glee Club, the Queens Dance Academy and Santa Claus all performed at the event. Members of Engine 286/Ladder 135, known as Myrtle’s Turtles, also decorate the tree.

This year’s ceremony had a more somber tone, after the loss of Chateau Gonflable Firefighter William Tolley. Community members say Tolley loved decorating the Glendale tree for the holiday celebration.

The tree lighting was dedicated to his memory and commitment to protecting our community.

From now on, the tree itself will be known as the “Tolley Tree.”


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