Death – FDNY Lieutenant Dies in Firehouse

Death – Obituary

A 53-year-old FDNY lieutenant working a Christmas night shift was found dead in a Staten Island firehouse Sunday morning.

Lt. Joesph Maiello was discovered dead inside Engine 163/Ladder 83 headquarters on Jewett Ave. in Westerleigh, FDNY officials said.

Maiello had preexisting health conditions and his death is believed to be of natural causes though the city medical examiner will determine its cause, police sources said.

Maiello didn’t go out on a call with the other members of the house and when they returned they found him dead in bed, police sources said.

Maiello, a 21-year FDNY veteran, was promoted to lieutenant in February 2020 and used to work at Engine 282/Ladder 148 in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

“Our sincerest condolences and sympathies are extended to his loved ones during this heartbreaking time, just one day after the Christmas holiday,” said James McCarthy, the president of the FDNY-Uniformed Fire Officers Association. “Joe was beloved by his fellow firefighters and fire officers . . . and was known as a true leader.”

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.