John Polimine‚ 51‚ of Windber‚ Pennsylvania suffered a fatal heart attack during a training exercise at the Cambria County Fire School on May 1‚ 2010. He was born April 2‚ 1959‚ in Brooklyn‚ New York‚ to the late Francis and Antoinette L. (Braga) Polimine.
John moved to Pennsylvania about two years before his death from New York City‚ where he was an auxiliary police officer and taxi driver. He joined the Scalp Level-Paint Volunteer Fire Company in November 2008. He was the first member of his company to die during a training or fire call.
John was survived by five children‚ Shawn‚ Melissa‚ Antoinette‚ Christina and John Jr.; his brothers and sisters; and five grandchildren.
John was well liked by his fellow firefighters.