Bill Walsh was a firefighter consultant to the producers of "Third Watch" at the show's inception. This led to a small speaking part on the show which has increased to a greater presence in the show's later years. Despite his fame on the small screen Bill has kept his day job as captain of an elite rescue squad within the New York City Fire Department.
is a FDNY firefighter (Lieutenant, Squad 252 according to the 2001 Third Watch Special 'In their own words')
While as Captain of Squad 41 in the Bronx, was awarded FDNY's William F. Conran Medal for rescuing a man from a dangerous fire. According to a FDNY webpage "Captain William J. Walsh operated in extremely punishing and dangerous conditions, with no regard for his own personal safety. His actions are, therefore, befitting of recognition in the finest traditions of the New York City Fire Department. He is honored with the William F. Conran Medal." [June 2006]
Competing in a cross-country bicycle tour with 34 other members of FDNY to raise funds for the Uniformed Firefighter Association's Widows' and Children's Fund. 3,336 miles in 42 days, Los Angeles to New York City.
Currently Captain of Squad 41 in the South Bronx. [October 2004]