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NYC flags at half staff in honor of sanitation sargeant who died on the job

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Frank Musella (via Dept of Transportation on Twitter)

Frank Musella (via Dept of Transportation on Twitter)

NEW YORK — The mayor has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of a sanitation enforcement sergeant who died on the job.

The Staten Island Advance says 37-year-old Frank Musella died Wednesday after commenting on the heat, which was in the 90s.

He was found unresponsive in his car, then taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he died.

However, department spokeswoman Belinda Mager said it’s not yet known what caused his death, and whether it was related to the weather.

Musella, hired in October 2006, is survived by his wife, Alessandra, and two sons, Frank, Jr., 8 and Anthony, 4.

“I lost my love, my friend, my life, my heart,” said his wife on a post to her public Facebook page. “I lost my other half, the one I was supposed to grow old with! My Love My Husband, HOW DO I GO ON WITHOUT YOU?”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the flags will be flown at half-staff until Musella is buried. Funeral arrangements were still being made on Thursday.