Billy Moon joined America’s biggest fireplace division in 2002. There isn’t a formal rely of the variety of lives he saved within the 20 years since. That’s the way in which issues work within the FDNY. Emergencies occur. Rescues occur. The job is rarely finished.
Monday in his Crown Heights firehouse, he fell as a part of a coaching train that will’ve helped equip him to save lots of nonetheless extra lives. He and his comrades had been studying easy methods to rescue window washers trapped on motionless platforms when he fell from the makeshift scaffolding. In determining easy methods to be there for others of their hour of determined want, he sustained deadly accidents.
Now, his spouse Kristina says her husband will donate his organs, the ultimate demonstration that till his final moments on the planet, even after, he wished, wanted, to be of use to others.
Moon was a 47-year-old man, married with two younger kids. There are a lot of who match this profile in New York Metropolis and in Moon’s Lengthy Island dwelling of Islip. However the few and proud go well with up each day to hurry into the buildings of strangers, the place smoke accumulates and lethal warmth builds and roofs collapse, the place peril is on each ground and round each nook. Certainly, Moon not solely raced to emergencies in Brooklyn and Queens over the course of his profession. That seemingly wasn’t sufficient for him; as a volunteer firefighter, he served the individuals of Islip, too. In 2017, he was the division’s chief.
It’s a blessing when a person finds a calling that he can name a profession. It’s a double blessing when this calling is of service to the broader group. It’s a triple blessing when the service is so profound it removes individuals from lethal peril.
There are numerous New Yorkers alive and wholesome, about to hug their households and open their presents, as a result of Billy Moon did the job he liked. His life was a present.