The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling, 43, of the Houston Fire Department on March 7, 2017.
Captain William ‘Iron Bill’ Dowling passed away on March 7, 2017, from complications of the severe injuries suffered in the Southwest Inn fire on May 31, 2013, that killed four other Houston firefighters and seriously injured many more. The Southwest Inn fire is considered the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history. In a statement, the Houston Fire Department said of Captain Dowling that “the incredible strength and bravery he showed as he and his family rebuilt his life — and theirs — after his injuries inspired us all. Please keep the Dowling family and all of the men and women of our fire department in your prayers.”
Tribute is being paid to Captain Dowling at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 19 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.
FirefighterNation: Houston’s “Iron Bill” Dowling Passes Away