Dallas firefighters cover shifts in Houston during funeral of Capt. William Dowling
The Dallas Firefighters’ Association sent a team of eight firefighters from Dallas Fire-Rescue to Houston to cover some of Houston Fire Department’s shifts while they attend the funeral of Houston’s Capt. William “Iron Bill” Dowling.
“These Dallas firefighters traveled overnight and spent the day serving the citizens of Houston voluntarily. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity,” Dallas Fire Fighters Association President Jim McDade says.
Dowling died on March 7 from complications from injuries he sustained in a 2013 fire that killed four other firefighters and wounded 14. Dowling’s legs were pinned beneath the rubble after the roof caved in. His legs were amputated and he suffered brain injuries that left him unable to talk.
Members from Dallas Fire-Rescue joined hundreds of first responders from all over the state to pick up shifts so the regular crews in Houston could attend the service of their fallen brother. The Dallas Fire-Rescue members in Houston are covering shifts at three different Houston fire station alongside firefighters from other parts of Texas.