More than 1,000 people came to the memorial service honoring the former altar boy.
After high school, Slivinski spent four years with the Marines, then joined his father in the fire department.
Derrick Harvey, 45, a close friend and colleague who died after trying to rescue Slivinski and another firefighter from a burning house, unaware they’d escaped.
Instead, she convinced him to be in her calendar, along with firefighters from Charlotte, N. he would help people and that would be the end of it.” Said his father: “I don’t know if my son knew all the rules about the fire department, but the head of the union said, ‘Yeah, go for it, don’t worry about anything.'” But after the Philadelphia fire commissioner learned Slivinski had posed without obtaining permission, “that’s when everything started to spiral downward,” his mother said.
C.; Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, St. Slivinski had no idea his department might object to his going shirtless for a cause. He was temporarily suspended from Rescue 1 in April for conduct unbecoming a firefighter and assigned to what his dad described as “one of the slowest stations in the city.” Although the suspension lasted only days, they seemed like months.
“That’s how agonizing it was for our family, how demoralizing, how humiliating,” Gerry Slivinski said.
During that time, photographer Kostreva organized a rally and collected more than 1,000 signatures for a petition requesting Slivinski’s reinstatement.
She thought his mood sagged further on the antidepressants, so she gave him pep talks as the calendar project progressed.
He was excited in a conversation the day before his death, when he offered “to roll 1,000 meatballs to honor the widows and feed them” at a celebratory dinner. Even now, her satisfaction at seeing the calendar finished is tempered by “a lot of grief.
Posted in 2011 deaths, 63 (Nine of Swords), Jack Slivinski Jr., numerology, path of destiny / how you learn what you are here to learn (sum of all of the letters), R. P., rest in peace on August 17, 2011| Leave a Comment » August 17th, 2011 Jack Slivinski Jr.’s decision to pose for a hunky firefighters’ calendar that would benefit widows of fallen colleagues reflected what he loved about the Philadelphia Fire Department‘s elite rescue unit: “We don’t leave anybody behind.” The former Marine took pride in upholding the ethic that made his job so satisfying.
“To be able to help the citizens of Philadelphia is super-rewarding,” he said in an online video accompanying the 2012 calendar being released Thursday.
They knew he was unhappy; he’d recently begun taking antidepressants.