FDNY lieutenant found dead at New York fire station

A newly promoted FDNY lieutenant was found dead in his Staten Island fire station on Sunday morning, officials said.

Lieutenant Joseph Maiello, 53, was discovered dead at Engine 163 / Ladder 83 at 875 Jewett Ave. at Castleton Corners, the FDNY said.

The death was considered natural, but the city’s chief medical examiner’s office will determine the cause, the NYPD said.

“The Uniformed Fire Officers Association mourns the tragic and unexpected death of FDNY Lt. Joe Maiello, who died this morning while on duty,” union president James McCarthy said in the statement. “Our deepest condolences and sympathies go to his loved ones during this heartbreaking time, just one day after the Christmas holidays.”

Joseph Maiello was promoted lieutenant after 20 years of service last year.
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Maiello was a member of the FDNY for 21 years and was promoted to lieutenant last year. “The department is saddened by the loss, and we are here to support the officer’s family at this time,” an FDNY spokesperson said.

FDNY Lt. Joseph Maiello was found dead in his fire station in Engine 163 and Scale 83 quarters on Sunday, December 26, 2021.
Maiello had reached 20 years of work in 2020.
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Family and uniformed staff given their final fear pits at the Manhattan medical examiner's office to Lt. Firefighter Joseph Maiello
Family and uniformed staff bid their final farewells at the Manhattan medical examiner’s office to Lt. Joseph Maiello.
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Twitter account @nycfirewire tweeted about Maiello’s promotion to lieutenant after 20 years of service last year. He had previously been at scale 148, according to the announcement.

“Ladder 148 has spent the last 24 years with FF Joseph Maiello who is promoted to lieutenant,” the February 2020 Twitter post said. “Joe turned 20 in December, spending most of his career there since his release. from probie school. Congratulations Joe! “

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