Brooklyn Firefighter William Moon will be mourned by his family and colleagues with funeral services on Long Island scheduled to take place after Christmas.
Moon, 47, sustained fatal injuries on Dec. 12 from a fall while prepping for a training exercise at the headquarters of Rescue Company 2 in Brownsville. Days later, doctors determined that he would not recover, and his family agreed to donate his organs to others in need of life-saving transplants.
The Fire Department announced Monday that Moon, an Islip resident, would be waked on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Chapey Funeral Home, located at 200 East Main St. in East Islip; visitation hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The following day, a funeral Mass will be held for Moon at 11 a.m. on
Dec. 29 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, located at 9 North Clinton Ave. in Bay Shore.
Hundreds of firefighters and dignitaries, including Mayor Eric Adams and Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh are expected to attend.
Moon is the 1,159th member of the New York City Fire Department to die in the line of duty. He served the department for 20 years, starting out in Queens at the headquarters of Ladder Company 133. Earlier this year, he got the call to serve at Rescue 2, one of the FDNY’s elite emergency response teams.
“If you were having the worst day of your life you would want Billy Moon riding on that fire truck over there. If I was trapped in a burning building or a collapse, I would want Billy coming for me,” Rescue 2 Captain Liam Flaherty said during a memorial bunting ceremony for Moon on Dec. 18. “I would also say the word elite has been used a lot to describe our company, Billy was very elite, he came to our company and exponentially improved us and we are very grateful for that. We can’t describe the loss he is to us.”
Even away from the job, Moon spent time serving the people of his hometown, serving with the Islip Volunteer Fire Department. He had been its chief of department since 2017.
Firefighter Moon is survived by his wife, Kristina, and their two young children.