by Rebecca Terrell | The New American
“Reprinted with permission from TheNewAmerican.com.”
A New York City union leader is calling for investigations into three unusual firefighter deaths. Uniformed Fire Officers Association President James McCarthy wants the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to determine if city-mandated COVID-19 jabs contributed to the fatalities.
Each of the deceased was on duty at the time of his death. Co-workers found Lieutenant Joseph Maiello, 53, dead in his Staten Island firehouse on December 26 at the end of a Christmas shift. A 22-year veteran, Maiello was one of the brave rescuers who responded to the tragic events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, surviving the collapse of the North Tower and continuing for months in subsequent rescue and recovery efforts. FDNY said that he leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. New York Daily News reported that Maiello had preexisting health conditions, and the U.S. Fire Administration later announced the cause of death as “an apparent heart attack.”
He was the second New York firefighter to die suddenly since the city implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for first responders in November. He was preceded in death by probationary firefighter Vincent Malveaux, age 31, who died during training on December 3. Malveaux served as an EMT during the pandemic and had completed six weeks of an 18-week course at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island, according to a New York ABC affiliate. Then-fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said Malveaux was nearing the end of a functional skills exercise when he passed out. An ambulance rushed him to Harlem Hospital where he never regained consciousness and passed away with his parents at his bedside. Read Full Article >