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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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Karen Irizarry

May he Rest in Peace. This is so sad I can’t help to cry.Prayers for his family. 😞😞🎈🎈🎈🎈

Jeff Putterman

This breaks my heart. So young, and so brave. His pain must have been unbearable, and I’m sure that’s how his family feels now.

May he rest in peace and his friends and family value their memories of this wonderful hero.


That’s terribly sad. Such a loss of a fine young man. Prayers for him and his grieving family and friends.


It’s very sad. I have big brother who take his life 2001. It’s hard for all family. I am sad for his family. Take one day per day forever.


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