“See you in the big fire engine in the sky,” was an expression that Cote Saint-Luc firefighter (ret.) Michael Mosca used to share with Captain William Green, when they both served in the CSL Fire Department. “RIP Cap. You will surely be missed,” Mosca posted online.

Captain Green (1933-2017) passed away peacefully on May 27, 2017 at St. Anne’s Veterans Hospital. Born in Verdun, Bill Green, a larger than life character and a Korean War veteran, served as a Captain in the Cote St-Luc Fire Department as well as being a Fireman in the Westmount Fire Department in earlier years. Bill’s love for music, especially country-western, was well known as well as his wit and humour.

Bill started in the CSL FD back in 1968. Before that he served in the Westmount FD.

Howie Berry posted, “We served in the fire service together for over 30 years. Bill was my training officer who helped me reach the rank of captain,” Berry wrote. “Captain, you have rung your last alarm. RIP.”

Brian Vawer wrote, “I worked with Bill for 30 years and you couldn’t find a more fair man. A great Captain and a such a fun guy. We had so many laughs together.”

Donald Pelletier shared his memories: “Bill était aimé de tous et son côté farceur et joyeux sera assurément nous manquer à tous. Bon voyage Bill et bon courage aux proches.”

Former CSL Fire Chief Frank Albert posted the sad news on his Facebook page. Captain Green had started in the CSL FD months before Albert in ’68.

“When Bill Green started in Cote Saint-Luc (1968) he was only the 2nd “true” fire fighter on staff (besides Fire Director Ken Ryan and Deputy Jean-Marie Babeu. The other fire fighter was Paul Hudon, who was an ex-Montreal Fire Fighter. Ryan, who had worked with Bill in Westmount, hired him. Since, in those days, fire fighting duties were performed by Police officers, it was the practice, to assigned one specially trained officer to the fire duties at the station. This officer would be charged with not only the readiness of the fire truck, but also driving the truck to the fire and operating the truck at the fire. Bill brought a wealth of talent with him,” said Albert. 
“In 1970, when the MUC was formed, police stopped fire fighting, and the CSL FD was formed. Through a series of promotional exams, Bill was promoted to the rank Captain,” Frank Albert added. 

“Captain Green served the citizens of the City of Cote Saint-Luc for many years as both a Police officer and Fire Fighter. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War as well as recipient of the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal, which was presented to him by Mayor Bernard Lang, and the members of Council,” Former Chief Albert concluded. 
Deepest condolences to the family of Captain Green. Thank you for sharing him with us in Cote Saint-Luc, his other family. His dedication and service will always be remembered.

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