William M. Feehan

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Feehan’s name is located on Panel S-18 of the National September 11 Memorial’s South Pool, along with those of other first responders.

William M. Feehan (1929[citation needed] – September 11, 2001) was a member of the Fire Department of New York who died during the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Feehan graduated from Saint John's University in 1952. Before his appointment to the FDNY, he served in the United States Army in Korea during the Korean War, during which he was decorated with the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.[1]

Feehan held every rank within the fire department, starting with Probationary Firefighter upon his appointment on October 10, 1959.[2] He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1964 and eventually to Chief of Department in 1991. In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Fire Commissioner. Upon the resignation of Fire Commissioner Carlos M. Rivera, he briefly served as Acting Fire Commissioner through the end of Mayor David N. Dinkins administration from August 31, 1993 until December 31, 1993.

After incoming Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani picked Howard Safir to become Fire Commissioner of the City of New York, Feehan returned to his previous title of First Deputy Fire Commissioner of the City of New York and served in that position until his death in the line of duty during the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.[3] Along with FDNY Chief of department Peter Ganci Commisioner Feehan was found by NYUPS SAR K-9 Bear.

Feehan is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Feehan and Tara Davan, and sons, William Feehan and firefighter John Feehan, who have worked in Squad Company 252 and is currently Captain of Engine 249. Additionally, he is survived by six grandchildren.[1]

At the National 9/11 Memorial, Feehan is memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-18.[4]


  1. ^ a b First Deputy CommissionerWilliam Feehan. New York City Fire Department. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "First Deputy Fire Commissioner William Feehan". Fire Department of New York. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  3. ^ Martin, Douglas (September 13, 2001). "William Feehan, Fire Dept. Leader, Dies at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  4. ^ William M. Feehan. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved October 28, 2011.

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Fire appointments
Preceded by
Carlos M. Rivera
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Howard Safir