William M. Freehan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William M. Freehan was born in 1929. He graduated from Saint John’s University in 1952. He served in the United States Army seeing action in Korea, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge, he joined the New York Fire Department (FDNY).

He held every rank within the fire department, starting with Probationary Firefighter starting in 1959. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1964 and Chief of Department in 1991. He was the first firefighter to accomplish that. He briefly served as Acting Fire Commissioner, before a new Commissioner was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

What you may not know about William is that he died in 2001, doing what he did best at the World Trade Center on 9-11-01. He was 71. This is the first person I’ve came across that gave it all. One of his sons John is currently a Captain of Engine 249 in New York City. Sadly, there will be more, will let you know when I come across them.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. To be running towards danger when most are fleeing is bravery at the utmost. To be doing it at 71, what can be said? Enjoy your day!

Dec 09, 2019 03:44 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it is interesting to see the number of fire fighting families.  Thank you for sharing this story.  

Dec 09, 2019 04:26 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This story literally brought tears to my eyes, James. I still can't think about all that loss of life on 9/11 without getting emotional.

Dec 09, 2019 05:04 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

/he died doing what he loved best after his family.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 09, 2019 05:27 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - He is one that is memorialize at the site and it always remembered.

Dec 09, 2019 06:01 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have a lot of respect for those that are willing to run into a burning building to save others.

Dec 09, 2019 06:22 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

We will never forget.  My heart goes out to the families of these heroes of which William is one of them. Thank you for helping us remember.

Dec 09, 2019 07:02 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It was the worst of times to quote Dickens, and it changed so much for all our lives.  What a story!  A

Dec 09, 2019 07:35 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

William was dedicated to serving God and mankind James Dray . Regretfully it is rare to find such a man.

Dec 09, 2019 08:39 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. Such a sad story. And his son continues to serve. 

Dec 09, 2019 09:28 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- people give the label "hero' to many but William Freehan certainly deserved it. 

Dec 09, 2019 09:38 AM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a sad but uplifting story James. So glad that his son will continue his legacy.

Dec 09, 2019 03:42 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this story.  Such dedication to helping others is very admirable. 

Dec 09, 2019 10:05 PM #14
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

William M. Freehan spent many years in various uniforms in service of his country and for others. Thanks to him, his son, and so many others who dedicate their lives to make other safe.

Dec 10, 2019 11:04 AM #15
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

William M. Freehan spent many years in service and is a hero-at 71!


Dec 11, 2019 10:45 PM #16
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

A true hero that gave his all.  Amazing story.  SO much he did in his life and then the 9/11 disaster.  Wow.  Thank you, James.

Jan 07, 2020 04:55 AM #17
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