Family devastated after skydiving accident claims life of NYC corrections officer

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CALVERTON, N.Y. (PIX11) — Thursday, July 31 would have been Gary Messina's 26th birthday.

PIX11 News spoke with Messina's heartbroken brother who is still reeling from the tragic accident.

Anthony, the brother of Gary Messina, can't comprehend losing his flesh and blood so suddenly. He wants the world to remember the great man who was a wonderful brother, and a role model for the son he leaves behind.

Riverhead Police said Gary Messina and Christopher Scott were both treated by Riverhead town volunteer ambulance at the scene after
a Skydiving accident that happened shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Calverton, Long Island at Skydive Long Island.

Thursday, July 31st would have been Gary Messina's 26th birthday. PIX11 News spoke with Messina's heartbroken brother who is still reeling from the tragic accident.

Anthony, the brother of Gary Messina, can't comprehend losing his flesh and blood, so suddenly. He wants the world to remember the great man who was a wonderful brother, and a role model for the son he leaves behind.

Riverhead Police said Gary Messina and Christopher Scott were both treated by Riverhead town volunteer ambulance at the scene after
a Skydiving accident that happened shortly after 4 P.M. on Wednesday in Calverton, Long Island at Skydive Long Island.

Messina was pronounced dead at the scene.

Messina was a New York City Correction Officer who had a 5-year-old son.

Police said the Instructer, Christopher Scott, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical, but stable condition.

PIX11 reached out to Skydive Long Island.

According to the website, they have one of the best safety records in the country.

There are reports a dust devil may have been to blame for the accident, which is a mini tornado.

The FAA is investigating.