America lost another hero over the Christmas weekend, and this time it was a beloved member of the prestigious New York Fire Department (FDNY).
According to the New York Post, Lt. Joseph Maiello, 53, “was discovered deceased at Engine 163/Ladder 83 at 875 Jewett Ave. in Castleton Corners,” adding that his cause of death, as of the latest reports, seemed to be of natural causes.
However, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will formally investigate how Maiello died, the report added. Maiello’s death was announced by the fire union to which he belonged.
“The Uniformed Fire Officers Association mourns the tragic and unexpected death of FDNY Lt. Joe Maiello, who passed away this morning, while on duty,” a statement from the union read.
It added: “Our sincerest condolences and sympathies are extended to his loved ones during this heartbreaking time, just one day after the Christmas holiday.”
It was also noted that Maiello, a veteran of the department who had served an impressive 21 years in the FDNY system, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant last year. A Twitter post from early 2020 showed the newly-promoted lieutenant with his fire squad.
Ladder 148 spending the last 24 with FF Joseph Maiello who is being promoted to Lieutenant. Joe made 20 years in December, spending most of his career there since coming out of probie school. Congrats Joe! pic.twitter.com/36wE3CT9Nd
— NYCFireWire (@NYCFireWire) February 21, 2020
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro also announced the lieutenant’s tragic death, commending Maiello for serving with the FDNY through some of its best times, and its darkest hours.
“Joseph Maiello gave this city 22 years of distinguished service – on some of our brightest days, and in some of our darkest hours. That service will never be forgotten,” Nigro’s statement read. “He left this city safer and stronger than he found it. We all mourn his loss and send our deepest condolences to his family, his department, and all who loved him.”