Seasonal sanitation worker killed in ...

Seasonal sanitation worker killed in fall from truck

There are 61 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 18, 2008, titled Seasonal sanitation worker killed in fall from truck. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Suffolk County police officer working as a seasonal sanitation worker while he was on leave from the department was killed when he fell off the back of a garbage truck in Baldwin and struck his head on the ...

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Grouchy Marx

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jul 19, 2008
Maybe these guys should wear a bicycle helmet. OSHA requires protection when working or riding above 4'.
guild

Jim Thorpe, PA

#2 Jul 19, 2008
I dont like to see any one die but i would like to know why
as the paper said: A Suffolk County police officer working as a seasonal sanitation worker while he was on leave from the department was killed when he fell off the back of a garbage truck in Baldwin How does this happen and was he collecting two paychecks? I smell somthing fishy
neighbor

Spring Valley, NY

#3 Jul 19, 2008
this police officer also was given an award for saving the life of a
child on bring your child to work day at the police dept.
jjjr

Smithtown, NY

#4 Jul 19, 2008
R I P ! I have been in the same position, working different jobs to make the mortgage! The haters will have a field day now that it was revealed he was a Suffolk cop!
spanky

Milford, CT

#8 Jul 19, 2008
Unbelievable how the newsday rag decides which article to comment on and which you can't. What a suprise that you can comment on an article about a Suffolk Cop who dies while working a second job. Newsday is trash......
Brenda M Morrissey

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Jul 19, 2008
For those who assume- I worked with Roy Seibert when he was an EMT a few years ago. This is a person who was a selfless sort of guy, and his only concerns in life were the well being of his family and friends.
For those of you so quick to judge the fact that he was a SCPD Officer and working elsewhere, he has worked multiple jobs in hopes of improving his life since I have known him. I can venture to guess his leave might have something to do with the birth of his two month old daughter.
Please, stop trying to createc controversy where there isn't any and let this man and his family be in peace.
wally

Bronx, NY

#11 Jul 19, 2008
Brenda M Morrissey wrote:
For those who assume- I worked with Roy Seibert when he was an EMT a few years ago. This is a person who was a selfless sort of guy, and his only concerns in life were the well being of his family and friends.
For those of you so quick to judge the fact that he was a SCPD Officer and working elsewhere, he has worked multiple jobs in hopes of improving his life since I have known him. I can venture to guess his leave might have something to do with the birth of his two month old daughter.
Please, stop trying to createc controversy where there isn't any and let this man and his family be in peace.
very nice i agree.
NoX-mastip4U

New York, NY

#12 Jul 19, 2008
Did the medical examiner test for any evidence of illegal substances?
Sure - 3 days on the job and he suddenly slips off the back of the sanit truck - who really believes that pile of garbage.
These sanitation districts would do and say anything to cover themselves.
DumpTrux

New York, NY

#13 Jul 19, 2008
I live in Roosevelt and vote Democrat.

What are a black man's chances of applying for Mr. Seifert's position?
Brenda M Morrissey

AOL

#14 Jul 19, 2008
NoX-mastip4U wrote:
Did the medical examiner test for any evidence of illegal substances?
Sure - 3 days on the job and he suddenly slips off the back of the sanit truck - who really believes that pile of garbage.
These sanitation districts would do and say anything to cover themselves.
Other than "protocol" I assure you there is no need to. They aren't going to find anything. This is someone I know professionally and I can be certain if it could have been done safely, he would have done it. Nothing mattered more to Roy than his family. I have also responded to a number of injured (most seriously) sanitation workers who fell or were knocked off of trucks- it happens and it stinks. Like I said earlier- let's stop trying to create controversy where it isn't and let this man and his family be at peace.
Axel Lurussa

Shirley, NY

#19 Jul 19, 2008
He should have stayed with the easy Job****Being a Cop on Long Island**** I guess you can retire at 20 years with the Police and maybe 10 or 20 with holding on to a truck. Who knows. New law being introduced soon and the biggest lawsuit you've seen in a long time. That's what you get for hiring someone who was'nt trained right.
3boysmum

Brooklyn, NY

#20 Jul 19, 2008
Hey, Round - Em Up... What do you do for a living? Do you have ANY clue what goes on in the life/job of a Police Officer OR a Sanitation Worker? You sound bitter (and a lot like a message board TROLL). What's the matter? Did you FAIL the civil service tests you took?

You wrote:
"Hey Don't uyou know the Suffolk County cops are the HIGHEST Paid county civil service in the USA?. You must be Nuts niot to know that!"

Get your facts straight. SCPD is NOT the highest paid in the country and hasn't been for years. Even when they were, it isn't like they were living any better than the rest of us. It's just that civil servants overall, get paid like crap all over the country so it throws off the curve. SCPD gets a decent pay for protecting you and I when we need it. Cops that get paid crap, generally don't give a crap. Studies show that when a cop gets paid enough to support his family, he/she is more focused and does his/her job safely and more effectively. Would you like and underpaid/overworked cop responding to your call for help?

You wrote:
"He undeniabley was taken off the job for a good reason!!"

Do you have anything to back that statement up or do you just not have anything better to do than smear the reputation a man that just fell to his death while working an "undeniably" (you may want to make note of the spelling on that) tough job?

Guild wrote:
"How does this happen and was he collecting two paychecks?"

It's HIGHLY improbable. There are many types of unpaid leave within civil service positions. Everything in this world is tracked by your SS# these days. If he was doing something unethical, he would have gotten caught even before he started the second job.
Brenda M Morrissey

AOL

#21 Jul 19, 2008
Round - Em Up wrote:
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Hey Don't uyou know the Suffolk County cops are the HIGHEST Paid county civil service in the USA?. You must be Nuts niot to know that! He undeniabley was taken off the job for a good reason!! suspension for probably sleeping on the overnight shift for graft or something stupid that these greedy cops go after like free coffee and DONUTS!
You didn't know the guy- I did, and am undeniably proud to say it. The only chemical substance he was addicted to was Chai Tea. Before you assume anything, perhaps you should know the facts about someone. First- he was on leave- not suspended. Second- accidents happen. Third- you're sitting here defaming the character of a person you have likely never met. I know Suffolk PD is a well paying job, but that does not discount the fact that Roy, like many other people in this world, took the responsibility to work and work and work to make his life better. Let's sit around and mock the guy, make up stories, and hurt his family and friends because we think we know what happened. Roy was not a druggie, not a fool, and was dedicated as one could be to his family and friends. It's a shame hes not alive to sue you for libel. I appreciate being judged clueless, since it seems I am the only person who has posted on this topic who has ever met the guy. Not to mention, I have been involved in the emergency services for fifteen years- no possible way I could have any idea what I'm talking about.
Crabbe

Shirley, NY

#22 Jul 19, 2008
Brenda M Morrissey wrote:
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You didn't know the guy- I did, and am undeniably proud to say it. The only chemical substance he was addicted to was Chai Tea. Before you assume anything, perhaps you should know the facts about someone. First- he was on leave- not suspended. Second- accidents happen. Third- you're sitting here defaming the character of a person you have likely never met. I know Suffolk PD is a well paying job, but that does not discount the fact that Roy, like many other people in this world, took the responsibility to work and work and work to make his life better. Let's sit around and mock the guy, make up stories, and hurt his family and friends because we think we know what happened. Roy was not a druggie, not a fool, and was dedicated as one could be to his family and friends. It's a shame hes not alive to sue you for libel. I appreciate being judged clueless, since it seems I am the only person who has posted on this topic who has ever met the guy. Not to mention, I have been involved in the emergency services for fifteen years- no possible way I could have any idea what I'm talking about.
I've heard of leave, but Leave to work picking up Garbage, very unusual...
Just Wondering

New Canaan, CT

#23 Jul 19, 2008
Brenda M Morrissey wrote:
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You didn't know the guy- I did, and am undeniably proud to say it. The only chemical substance he was addicted to was Chai Tea. Before you assume anything, perhaps you should know the facts about someone. First- he was on leave- not suspended. Second- accidents happen. Third- you're sitting here defaming the character of a person you have likely never met. I know Suffolk PD is a well paying job, but that does not discount the fact that Roy, like many other people in this world, took the responsibility to work and work and work to make his life better. Let's sit around and mock the guy, make up stories, and hurt his family and friends because we think we know what happened. Roy was not a druggie, not a fool, and was dedicated as one could be to his family and friends. It's a shame hes not alive to sue you for libel. I appreciate being judged clueless, since it seems I am the only person who has posted on this topic who has ever met the guy. Not to mention, I have been involved in the emergency services for fifteen years- no possible way I could have any idea what I'm talking about.
Sorry you lost your friend, Brenda. From the article, he sounds like an honorable man who was trying to make life better for himself and his family.
Cavey

East Quogue, NY

#24 Jul 19, 2008
Well, if this officers leave was all above board, WHY is the SCPD refusing to commment on just WHY he was on leave? What's the big secret? Sounds like just another case of the typical police double standard and the Blue Wall of Silence.

Hey Newsday, how about looking into this and getting an explantion for the taxpayers.
Crabbe

Shirley, NY

#25 Jul 19, 2008
Maybe he was'nt feeling well enough to do Police work... Who knows what to believe anymore?
Spare Change

Jericho, NY

#26 Jul 19, 2008
Cavey wrote:
Well, if this officers leave was all above board, WHY is the SCPD refusing to commment on just WHY he was on leave? What's the big secret? Sounds like just another case of the typical police double standard and the Blue Wall of Silence.
Hey Newsday, how about looking into this and getting an explantion for the taxpayers.
They said he was on the verge of returning to duty and he was on this job for 3 days. It sounds like he took another job to try and make up for the time he was out on leave. There is nothing to look into, if he was on the sanitation job for the entire time he was out on leave, you might have a point. But he wasn't, so you dont.
Crabbe

Shirley, NY

#27 Jul 19, 2008
Spare Change wrote:
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They said he was on the verge of returning to duty and he was on this job for 3 days. It sounds like he took another job to try and make up for the time he was out on leave. There is nothing to look into, if he was on the sanitation job for the entire time he was out on leave, you might have a point. But he wasn't, so you dont.
Don't you usually have to cut in line to get that job. Just curious...
Cavey

East Quogue, NY

#28 Jul 19, 2008
>>They said he was on the verge of returning to duty and he was on this job for 3 days. It sounds like he took another job to try and make up for the time he was out on leave. There is nothing to look into, if he was on the sanitation job for the entire time he was out on leave, you might have a point. But he wasn't, so you dont.<<

The question is WHY was he on leave, and WHY is the SCPD stonewalling about the reason. He was selling real estate too, making your point even more moot. And I'd bet he was on PAID leave, maybe even medical leave, in which case the last place he should've been is working on a sanitation truck.

How about an explanation for this, Newsday?

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