Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Passing of Captain Dowling

March 7, 2017 -- I join the Houston Fire Department in mourning the loss of Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling, who died today from complications suffered in the 2013 fire at the Southwest Inn that claimed the lives of four other Houston fire fighters.  Captain Dowling left us on the day we were honoring our first responders at the Houston Rodeo.  He was truly a hero whose service to the city will not be forgotten.  I ask all Houstonians to pray for his family and friends.