Houston Fire Department Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling was crushed and burned while responding to a 5-Alarm fire at the Southwest Inn on May 31, 2013. Four firefighters lost their lives in that blaze. And, Bill’s life and that of his family’s was forever changed that day. Both of Bill’s legs were amputated and he suffered several other life threatening injures.
From Bill's wife, Jacki: "Bill is still only allotted 3 hours of sitting a day. For the most part, the only time he goes anywhere, is when he has a Dr. Appt. and all his travel is via ambulance. We are not permitted to use those services for personal use. This would allow us to travel (while Bill lays down) to our kids sporting events, to see our son, visit family, and much more. Any help is appreciated!
Friends of the Dowlings want to provide them a transportation RV (like the one pictured) that would enable Bill to lay down for travelling and has some of the basics including a restroom, a refrigerator for medications and would enable him to maintain his health while on the road. Read the full story below.
Bill was hospitalized continuously almost 8 months and then had many subsequent stays at the hospital as they dealt with the ongoing effects of all of his injuries. But Bill and his wife, Jacki, are SURVIVORS along with their three children. Jacki, a school teacher, left her job to help Bill recover. Many modifications had to be made to their home to accommodate Bill’s needs and it has been a long journey to say the least. Bill’s determination has brought him a long way in his therapy. And, he recently received an ATV-like wheel chair so now he has gone mobile. But, transportation for long distances is not possible at this point. As much as he wants to go to his daughter’s volleyball tournaments on the road or go to Colorado Springs to honor his fallen firefighters in the IAFF Firefighters Memorial in September, travelling long distances isn’t an option. Air travel is not feasible. You see, Bill cannot sit for long periods of time and has to lay down for much of his day.
Friends of the Dowlings want to provide them a transportation RV that would enable Bill to lay down for travelling and has some of the basics including a restroom, a refrigerator for medications and would enable him to maintain his health while on the road. This vehicle can be kept at their house and doesn’t require storage like a travelling trailer or RV. However, his doesn’t come cheap. We have found such a used vehicle here in Houston that would need to be outfitted to enable wheelchair access. The dealer will only hold this vehicle for 1 month. We want to make this happen and need your help!
If we can go viral and get $5 per donor this CAN happen for the Dowlings. We want to do this for Bill & Jacki, their family, their faith, their determination and their quality of life. Bill’s life was changed while serving the city of Houston. Bill also served our country in the USMC prior to becoming a Houston Firefighter.
LET’S SERVE CAPTAIN “Iron Bill” DOWLING!
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Pictured from left: 1) Daughter Faith, son Forrest, Captain Bill Dowling, son Foster and wife Jacki. 2) Bill working hard! 3) "Tank Chair" inventor Brad Soden with Bill.
Donations can be made through PayPal, any Chase Bank Branch or mailed directly to Chase Bank. *Donations are NOT made to Firefighters Helping Firefighters and are not considered tax deductible. Donations are confidential and as such, will not be acknowledged individually. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated by the Dowling Family!
To Donate at any Chase Bank:
1. Make your check payable to William Dowling Donation Account 2. Enter “For Deposit Only – 3024646597″ on the back of the check 3. Put #3024646597 in the memo field 4. Obtain a Chase Deposit Ticket 5. Check Savings Account Box 6. Customer Name: William Dowling Donation Account 7. Account Number: 3024646597 8. Present deposit ticket to Teller
To Donate by Check:
1. Make your check payable to: William Dowling Donation Account 2. Enter “For Deposit Only – 3024646597″ on the back of the check 3. Put #3024646597 in the memo field 4. Mail to: National Bank by Mail (NBBM), KY1-0900 Chase P.O. Box 36520 Louisville, KY 40233-6520
Firefighters Helping Firefighters is not receiving any donations made through Chase Bank or the PayPal button. They, like BURN, are only promoting this fundraising effort. You can read about Bill’s story just about anywhere on the internet and follow him on his Facebook page.