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

(EMS and police on the scene Friday Dave1976 via Citizen)

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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