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Off-Duty EMT Takes His Own Life, Body Found Near Astoria Park: NYPD

April 25, 2020 By Michael Dorgan (Update: April 26)

A 23-year-old EMT worker was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in an apparent suicide floating in the East River Friday night, according to police.

Police discovered the body of John Mondello, 23, after responding to a 911 call at around 6:50 p.m. that there was an individual in the water near 25-40 Shore Blvd. by Astoria Park.

Mondello, a rookie EMT worker, was found unconscious lying face up with a gunshot wound under his chin. He was removed from the water and EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

A Smith & Wesson firearm was found in his hand, according to police.

Police do not suspect any foul play.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit NYCWell.

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Reggie

This is tragic. This young fellow has probably seen more death than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes. Suicide is not the answer. There is no shame in seeking help.

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Psychosis is the newest symptom.of covid 19.

Stop thinking that these people MEANT to kill themselves now.

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Gia

As we now know this young man was a recently graduated EMT. Whatever pain you’re feeling, the pain inflicted on your family is far worse, get help ASAP.

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