FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SANITATION COMMISSIONER DOHERTY ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF SANITATION WORKER FRANK JUSTICH
Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
"I have the sad task of reporting the line of duty death of one of New York City's Strongest, Sanitation Worker Frank Justich. This morning we received the terrible news that he was struck by a tractor trailer truck this morning, which pinned him to the sanitation truck that he was working on he was collecting refuse at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. The incident occurred at 7:40 AM and he was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Queens, but he died before he got there. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances of the tragic accident. Mr. Justich, 41 years old, had been with the Sanitation Department for 11 years. This morning, I talked with his wife Stacy and expressed our deepest condolences, as did Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, who joined her at the hospital. You should know that she and her husband have two daughters, ages one and four. Frank Justich is the tenth sanitation worker to have fallen in the line of duty since 2002, a sobering reminder to all of us of the risks that members of all our uniformed services take on behalf of the rest of us. I know that the prayers of 8.4 million New Yorkers are with him and his family."
Statement of Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty
"The Department mourns the loss of Sanitation Worker Frank Justich, who died in the line of duty this morning, serving the City that he loved so much. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his wife Stacy and their two daughters. Sanitation Workers perform a dangerous and essential job helping to keep New York City safe and clean. He will be missed."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958
Vito A. Turso (Sanitation)