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    FIREFIGHTER COMMITS SUICIDE AT HIS OWN SHRINE TO FDNY

    By LARRY CELONA and TODD VENEZIA


    September 27, 2002 -- A veteran firefighter assigned to one of 9/11's hardest-hit FDNY units shot and killed himself yesterday in front of a makeshift shrine he built to friends and colleagues lost in the terror attack, sources said.

    Gary Celentani, a member of Squad 288, which lost eight members at the World Trade Center, became the Fire Department's first post-Sept. 11 suicide when he put a rifle to his chest and pulled the trigger at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday in his basement apartment on 170th Street in Flushing, Queens, sources said.

    Cops said they found Celentani's body before a shrine that included the photos of numerous firefighters and a police officer. They also found a suicide note in which Celentani said a recent breakup with his girlfriend drove him to kill himself.

    Friends said he also was deeply affected by the recent death of his mother, Mary. "Gary was this big, strong guy, but he was sensitive and loved his friends," said former Capt. John Vigiano, whose sons John, a firefighter, and Joseph, a cop, died in the WTC attack and were close friends of Celentani.

    Celentani was a pallbearer at Joseph Vigiano's funeral. The brothers' pictures were among the images that Celentani, who was undergoing department counseling, kept in his shrine.

    "I definitely think Sept. 11 affected him, as it affected a lot of young men and women who lost co-workers," Vigiano said.

    Vigiano had spoken to the 33-year-old Long Island native last weekend - and Celentani offered to help his late friends' father around the house.

    "That was the kind of guy he was," Vigiano said. "Just call him and he'd come over and help you."

    Celentani was a city firefighter since 1996, although the FDNY could not immediately determine where he was assigned on Sept. 11, 2001.

    In 1999, as a member of Ladder 27, Celentani wielded an extinguisher to knock down a roiling fire in a hallway so his captain could save a woman from a building, according to department records.


    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/58034.htm


    NOTE: How incredibly sad. I really hope those that need help, get it. Its not a sign of weakness, its being human.

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    TEARS FOR SUICIDE FIREFIGHTER

    TEARS FOR SUICIDE FIREFIGHTER


    By LARRY CELONA & STEFAN C. FRIEDMAN with ANDY GELLER

    September 28, 2002 -- Gary Celentani and some of his firefighter buddies were playing golf in Queens when they saw the planes slam into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11.

    Even though it was their day off, they rushed into Manhattan to help in the rescue effort.

    That story was repeated yesterday as a wake was held for Celentani, 33, who put a rifle to his chest and killed himself Wednesday in front of a shrine he built to honor friends and colleagues lost in the tragedy.

    Friends said Celentani, a member of Rescue Squad 288, left a note saying he was upset about his breakup with his girlfriend of two years, a hairdresser.

    But they said he was also deeply affected by the recent death of his mother, Mary, and by the friends who died in the World Trade Center tragedy.

    Dozens filled Lloyd's Funeral Home in Bayside to pay their respects to Celentani, who leaves three sisters and two brothers.

    Mourners were too devastated to share their feelings with outsiders.



    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/58151.htm

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    FDNY shrine is his legacy

    FDNY shrine is his legacy

    By FERNANDA SANTOS
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    The burly firefighter scribbled his last words on a piece of paper.
    Then he aimed a rifle at his chest and pulled the trigger, ending his life in front of a shrine he erected in his apartment to brothers and friends lost Sept. 11.

    In his note, 33-year-old Gary Celentani tried to explain the inexplicable, writing that a recent breakup with a girlfriend was simply too much to bear, cops said.

    The Wednesday evening suicide, the Fire Department's first since the terror attacks, happened inside Celentani's basement home in Flushing, Queens.

    Yesterday, friends, relatives and colleagues packed the Bayside, Queens, funeral home that held his wake.

    "Gary was a very kind man, a gentle giant," said John Vigiano, a retired FDNY captain who tutored the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Celentani when he began his career at Engine Co. 233 in Brooklyn.

    After graduating in 1987 from Carson Long Military Institute in Bloomsfield, Pa., Celentani returned home to Deer Park, L.I., where he signed up as a volunteer fireman.

    He joined the FDNY in 1996 and worked at Engine 233, then Ladder 27 and Ladder 54 in the Bronx, and finally Squad 288 in Queens, which he joined after Sept. 11. Squad 288 lost eight members that day. Celentani also lost his best friends - fellow Firefighter John Vigiano and NYPD Detective Joseph Vigiano, the sons of the retired fire captain.

    "No one can tell for sure if 9/11 had anything to do with what happened to Gary," Vigiano said. "It's something Gary will take with him to his grave."

    Firefighter Jim Mattutat, of Ladder 54, said Celentani had gone to about 150 funerals of colleagues who died in the attacks.

    "It was hard for him. I have no doubt that Sept. 11, and what happened after that, took a toll on Gary," Mattutat said.



    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...7p-21203c.html

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