William M. Feehan, New York City's first deputy fire commissioner, lived to fight fires. A 42-year department veteran, he died Tuesday when the emergency services command center at the World Trade Center collapsed. He was 71 years old -- fighting fires to the end.

At one time or another, Feehan held just about every position a firefighter could aspire to, from fireman to lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, chief of operations, fire chief and commissioner, family members said.

"Any call he got in the middle of the night, he would be there,