2012-05-25 / Top Stories

Worker DiesAt Tribute Park

By Nicholas Briano

Jeffrey Barbieri Jeffrey Barbieri Queens resident Jeffrey Barbieri, 38, suffered a pulmonary embolism and died on Friday morning of last week while working at Tribute Park.

Barbieri was a Cement Mason for Local 780 and was employed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the past three years.

After he collapsed, paramedics rushed him to St. John’s Hospital but were unable to revive him.

Mayor Bloomberg released a statement on Friday after Barbieri’s passing. “The loss of Parks Department worker Jeffrey Barbieri is sad news for our Parks Department and all New Yorkers who love our parks,” Bloomberg said. “Jeff died much too soon, and his passing is a terrible reminder that life is all too short. On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe also took the time to comment on his death.

“Jeff was working to preserve elements of the 9/11 Memorial in Tribute Park in Rockaway when he suffered a pulmonary embolism,” he said. “Jeff was an organ donor and in accordance with his wishes, his vital organs will help save other lives. We thank Jeff for this selfless act and his service to the City and offer our sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the Parks Department.”

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