An off-duty city EMS lieutenant took his own life in his Rockland County home, the Daily News has learned.
The FDNY medical responder, assigned to Station 17 on Ogden Ave. in the Bronx, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Nyack home, officials said.
Co-workers became concerned when he didn’t show up for his shift Friday. The lieutenant was found dead in his home Friday evening.
The Daily News is withholding the lieutenant’s name as the department continues to reach out to family members.
“This is certainly a hard night for the station. He was a fantastic man. He would give you the shirt off his back. He had the kind of smile that would light up a room,” EMS Division 2 Chief Joseph Pataky, said about the lieutenant.
“Every member of this station and every one in the whole Bronx looked up to him,” the chief said, surrounded by a dozen of grief stricken EMS officers, many of them off-duty who showed up to support their co-workers. “He had the work ethic all of us wanted to emulate.”
The lieutenant is the second EMS member to die by suicide this year.
In April, newly-minted EMT John Mondello, 23, was found dead by the shoreline off Shore Blvd. in Astoria. He took his own life with a gun that belonged to his retired NYPD cop father, authorities and sources said.
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