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White Plains Loses a 'True Son of the City'

58-year-old Deputy Fire Chief William Delanoy died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday; a colleague and friend reflects.

In the words of Public Safety Commissioner David Chong, the unexpected death of William Delanoy, 58, yesterday is a loss felt around White Plains.

"He is a true son of our city," Chong said of Delanoy, who was a Deputy Fire Chief and 35-year veteran of the White Plains Fire Department.

Delanoy passed away Wednesday night from an apparent heart attack, Chong said.

Chong likened the White Plains Fire Department to a championship football team, lamenting that the passing of Delanoy is akin to a squad losing their star quarterback.

"We are heartbroken as a department," he added. Chong called Delanoy a "close friend" and "confidant."

When asked about Delanoy's legacy, Chong was effusive. "Where do I begin?" he said.

Delanoy joined the department in 1978. His wife, Joanne, has been a city employee for two decades.

Delanoy's son Christopher is a White Plains firefighter, and Delanoy's father, Joe, served with the department for 35 years and retired as a lieutenant.

"This tells something about the legacy of William Delanoy," Chong said.

Delanoy is survived by Joanne, Joe, and his three sons, Christopher, Paul and Gregory.

Eddie Ericksen February 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Sorry to hear of the loss of William, my prayers go out to the family. Eddie Ericksen

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