The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 congratulate FDNY Captain William Gallagher (L169) on his retirement after 33 years of dedicated service to the City of New York.
Affectionately known as “Billy G”, Captain Gallagher was appointed to the FDNY on August 3, 1985 and assigned to E231 where he was fortunate to work under Watkins Street legends Captain Joe Coniglio, Lt Eddie Ireland, and Lt Pete Ioveno. Upon transferring to L120, he would learn the tricks of the trade from beloved Captain Marty Coyne (L120), Lt Thomas Healy (“The Quiet Man”), the great Tom Cleary (RIP) and of course Lt Pete McGreevey, (whose painted Gr #18 has been immortalized on the apparatus doors for eternity). A career Brooklyn fireman, after being promoted to Lieutenant, he landed at “Da Pride” as an Officer in L147 and was part of the FDNY Incident Management Team and later, FLSTP. The recipient of the M.J. Delehanty Medal at the 2010 FDNY Medal Day, Captain Gallagher’s proudest moment was being named Company Commander of L169 where he took immense pride in training, forwarding the traditions of The Job, and passing along the many lessons learned from his early days in Brownsville.
Many times “the life of the party” and a true character in the firehouse kitchen, “Billy G” departs the FDNY as a friend to all and a guy who made The Job better by sharing all he could.