Controversial firefighter calendar released
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA - August 18, 2011 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia firefighter Jack Slivinski, who died in June, caused a stir when he posed for a controversial calendar.
The calendar called, "The Nation's Bravest" features firefighters from all over the country.
"We have to represent our son because somebody has to," said the victim's father.
Jack and Gerry Slivinski will be in New York Monday night for the release of a calendar featuring their late son on the cover and as "Mr. June."
Slivinski initially got in trouble with the fire commissioner when he posed for the calendar without his permission, although the Philadelphia Firefighter's Union gave its approval.
Slivinski's intention was to donate proceeds from the calendar to the Firefighter's Widows Fund.
"Jack wanted to do this. He supported it and he believed in it. We're going to support him," said Slivinski's mother.
The photo of the 32-year-old firefighter led to his removal from the Rescue 1 Station, but he was later reinstated.
The Slivinski's believe that the controversy surrounding the calendar humiliated their son and was handled poorly.
Slivinski soon began taking anti-depressants and the former marine took his own life.
"I couldn't even think of looking at this calendar, of going to his home for the first time since it happened but I did it and afterwards I felt strength. I felt peace," said Slivinski's mother.
Today his family is celebrating his life and his noble intention.
"I was proud of him. If I was in shape enough I would do it," said Slivinski's father.
The calendar can be purchased online at Nationsbravest.com.
On Sept. 7 there will be an event to raise funds for firefighter's widows at the Piazza at Schmidts.
philadelphia fire department, local/state, cathy gandolfo
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