GCFD and Ace Hardware support firefighter’s family
Photos by Roni Chastain/Herald
Ace Hardware Manager John Muniz, second from left, and members of the Glen Cove Fire Department volunteered their time to support Stephanie Pina, far left, and her family, whose cousin died battling a fire last month.
By Danielle Agoglia
Dying in the line of duty is the ultimate sacrifice, and living knowing that can happen at any time takes a certain kind of courage. No one understands that better than fellow firefighters and police officers. On April 20, William Tolley, 42, of the FDNY, died while battling a blaze in Ridgewood, Queens after falling five stories to his death, jolted from the bucket of a fire truck. Trolley, who was married and the father of an 8-year-old girl, was from Bethpage. Tolley’s cousin, Stephanie Pina, works at Ace Hardware on Forest Avenue in Glen Cove. When the staff found out Pina was related to Tolley they wanted to do something to show their support for her and her family during this tragic time. John Muniz, the store manager, and the rest of the staff decided to raffle off a Craftsman lawnmower and give all of the proceeds to the Tolley family. Muniz said it was important for the store to rally around Pina in support of her cousin. Muniz also reached out to members of the Glen Cove Fire Department, who were more than happy to volunteer their time on Saturday, May 13, the last day of the raffle. “We’re just doing what we normally do,” said Chief Robert Retoske. “Helping out another family.” By the end of the day, the raffle raised $1,110 for the Tolley family. “Considering the weather it went really well,” said Pina. “It was really nice the community was so receptive to helping out my family.” Pina’s mother was so thankful she cried. The family will be forever appreciative of the communities’ generosity Billy Kessel, of Glen Cove, won the new lawnmower. To donate to the Tolley family visit https://www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/ or https://www.crowdrise.com/donate/project/tolley/tunnel2towers/0.