A rookie FDNY EMT in the Bronx took his own life after less than 90 days with the department.
Allegedly overcome with pressure from his job as an EMT, 23-year-old John Mondello used a firearm to end his life near Astoria, where his body was found shortly after.
The firearm in question belonged to his father, a retired police officer.
According to the New York Post, Mondello graduated from the Fire Department’s EMS Academy in early February, and went to work with the Tactical Response Group.
Described as “peppy,” Mondello was going strong until the last few weeks of his life, when he told his friend that he no longer liked his job.
Others say the death toll surrounding the coronavirus pandemic broke Mondello’s spirit.
“He told me he was experiencing a lot of anxiety witnessing a lot of death, he’d feel it was a heavy experience when he’d fail to save a life,” said Al Javier.
The FDNY is feeling the loss, and is all too aware of the stressors affecting the agency.
“The loss of this young EMT who chose to bravely serve others is a tragedy for our entire department. We all mourn his loss and our prayers are with his family,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
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