August 31, 2006 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew LiPani(646) 885-5020
Press Release # 06-38A, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
An Inspector’s funeral was held this morning at St. Bernadette Church in Brooklyn for Sanitation Worker Michael Occhino, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday, August 28, 2006.
Assigned to Sanitation's Brooklyn South District 11 in Bensonhurst, he was 25 years old and leaves behind his parents, grandparents, and his twin brother, Carmine, a NYC firefighter.
"The entire Department of Sanitation extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sanitation Worker Occhino. His death in a tragic accident demonstrates once again how dangerous the job of a Sanitation Worker is in our daily efforts to keep New York City clean and safe," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty.
Sanitation Worker Occhino was assigned to relay operations (dumping loaded collection trucks) on the 12 AM to 8 AM shift, when he was involved in a vehicle accident at 3:15 AM. The accident took place on the westbound section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway near the Brooklyn Bridge exit. Sanitation Worker Occhino's collection truck slid out of control on the wet pavement and slammed into a guardrail, hurling him to the street 30 feet below. Sanitation Worker Occhino was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.