Bill was a probationary firefighter who had just finished his cycle of duty in Ladder Company 42. I first met Bill the night before the attack. Ladder 42 had just had a rededication mass and ribbon cutting to reopen the firehouse after its renovation. Bill was introduced to me by former members of Ladder 42 whose judgment and opinion I have always trusted. They indicated that Bill would like to return to Ladder 42 after his rotation period and informed me that he would be a asset to the company. Bill had written his name and phone number on the back of my business card on the night of September 10th. to see if I could get him assigned to Ladder Company 42. Bill, you are and always will be a member of Ladder 42.