“That’s how agonizing it was for our family, how demoralizing, how humiliating,” Gerry Slivinski said.
But his high-profile role had unanticipated consequences.
Special Marine Corps training in nuclear, biological and chemical weapons made it possible for him to take over his father’s spot in the Rescue 1 squad in 2005.
He also pursued his love of cooking, working part-time as a sous-chef at Apollinaire, an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Slivinski prided himself on being in top physical shape.
Instead, she convinced him to be in her calendar, along with firefighters from Charlotte, N. he would help people and that would be the end of it.” Said his father: “I don’t know if my son knew all the rules about the fire department, but the head of the union said, ‘Yeah, go for it, don’t worry about anything.'” But after the Philadelphia fire commissioner learned Slivinski had posed without obtaining permission, “that’s when everything started to spiral downward,” his mother said.
C.; Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, St. Slivinski had no idea his department might object to his going shirtless for a cause. He was temporarily suspended from Rescue 1 in April for conduct unbecoming a firefighter and assigned to what his dad described as “one of the slowest stations in the city.” Although the suspension lasted only days, they seemed like months.