Sanitation Worker Dies After Mentioning Heat; NYC Lowers Flags to Half-Staff

The mayor has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of a sanitation enforcement sergeant who died on the job after commenting on the heat.

The Staten Island Advance says 37-year-old Frank Musella died Wednesday after commenting on the heat, which was in the 90s.

The Advance reports that he had been on patrol and had come back to an office in Greenridge, where he commented on the heat, before heading off in his city-issued car. He was found unresponsive a short time later.

Belinda Mager said it's not yet known what caused his death, and whether it was related to the weather.

Musella, hired in October 2006, is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 8 and 4.

Mayor de Blasio said the flags will be flown at half-staff until Musella is buried. Funeral arrangements were still being made on Thursday.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of New York’s strongest, who died while in service of our city," de Blasio said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Musella’s family, especially his wife Alessandra and two sons Frank Jr. and Anthony, as well as his friends and fellow sanitation colleagues. New York City stands ready to support them all in this tragic time of need."

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