Firefighter Son of Ex-FDNY Commissioner Arrested, Suspended After Defecating on Stranger's Lawn Furniture: Report

What to Know

  • Firefighter Joseph Cassano, the son of former FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, has been suspended from his job after his arrest last weekend
  • Cassano allegedly defecated on a stranger's lawn furniture in New Jersey while intoxicated, according to The Daily News
  • Because he's still a probationary firefighter, he was suspended after his arrest
The firefighter son of New York City's former fire commissioner has been suspended after he allegedly defecated in a stranger's backyard lawn chair in New Jersey last weekend -- the second time in five years he's gotten into trouble with the fire department. 

Joseph Cassano, 28, the son of former FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief after going into a backyard in Lake Como on Saturday and defecating there, according to The Daily News. 

Cassano is accused of "recklessly or negligently damaging property" by "having a bowel movement on (the victim’s) lawn furniture, leaving feces behind" when he was intoxicated, according to court papers.  

After that, he allegedly entered a stranger’s "closed garage and (went) to sleep."

After his arrest on Saturday, Cassano was given a summons and sent home, The Daily News reported. He is expected to answer the charges in Belmar Municipal Court.

Because Cassano is still a probationary firefighter, the FDNY suspended him after his arrest. 

Cassano resigned from the FDNY once before, quitting the EMS in 2013 after he tweeted derogatory messages about Jews, blacks and the poor. He apologized publicly after media caught wind of the hateful messages, and his father, who was fire commissioner at the time, said he was "extremely disappointed in the comments posted online" by his son. 

The younger Cassano was allowed to rejoin the EMS in 2016, and then take the firefighter exam, according to The Daily News. He graduated from the Fire Academy in April. 
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