William Ross “Iron Bill” Dowling was born to Rick and Mary Dowling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1973. He had three siblings, Joseph, John, and Mary. From the time he was born, he fought to find his place in this world. His younger years were a struggle, but he always had the support of his family to guide him in the right direction.
Searching for his purpose, he met the woman who would change his life forever. On September 25, 1993, while home on boot leave from his new-found career in the United States Marine Corps, he married his beautiful bride, Jacki. The Dowling family established their roots, and 3 amazing children followed—two boys and one girl. Forrest, Faith, and Foster were his pride and joy.
After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he began to search for a career that fulfilled his desire to serve others. He placed an article from the Houston Fire Department in his Bible and prayed he would get the job. In October 2000, his prayers were answered, and he graduated from the Houston Fire Academy. Thirteen years later, and never missing a promotion, he was made captain. He absolutely loved his job as a firefighter, almost as much as he loved being a devoted husband and father.
His time here on this earth was cut short, but he lost his life doing what he loved, fighting fires. He left behind many friends and loved ones who adored him and miss him dearly.