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On Sunday, January 7th, the FDNY Foundation joined the FDNY for a Plaque Dedication Ceremony for Firefighter William P. Moon II at Rescue 2 in Brooklyn.
The FDNY Foundation joins the FDNY in remembering Firefighter Moon. We remember and honor him for his 21 years of service, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to the FDNY and the City of New York. Firefighter Moon will never be forgotten.
Firefighter Moon was working on Monday, December 12, 2022 when he suffered a serious head injury during a training accident at Rescue 2, where he was assigned. When it became clear he would not survive his critical injuries, his family made the decision to donate his organs to save the lives of others.
In his death, Firefighter Moon gave the gift of life to five people in donating his organs. Two of them also attended the remembrance event: FDNY Lieutenant Terrence Jordan received Moon’s lungs; FDNY Captain Patrick Reynolds received his liver.
“In the year plus since Billy died, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kristina, to spend time with the Moon family. I have learned all about the difficult conversations she and Billy had, about the what if scenarios they discussed that made her uniquely prepared to make the decision to donate Billy’s organs when it became clear he would not survive his fall,” said Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. “Now I understand the depth of her love for Billy – in honoring his wishes in death and carrying out his mission of encouraging organ donation even after he’s gone. The work she has done is truly remarkable, and we are all inspired by her ability to find a silver lining amid the most tragic of circumstances.
“Thanks to Billy, Lieutenant Jordan and Captain Reynolds are here today, and Billy’s lungs still breathe air, and his liver still functions in the walls of this firehouse,” said Chief of Department John Hodgens. “This is a somber day, but one that helps us to continue to remember Billy as the kind and brave man he was, the devoted father and husband, the passionate public servant, and truly one of New York’s Bravest. That’s how we will remember him each time we hear his name, see his plaque, see his grateful organ recipients, or have important conversations about organ donation.”
Firefighter Moon was the 1,159th member of the Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice. Firefighter Moon was an Islip resident and is survived by his wife, Kristina, and their two children, Brianne and Colin.
To view more photos from the ceremony, click HERE.