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Yonkers Firefighter, 53, Dies From 9/11-Related Disease

John Rodriguez died from 9/11-related illness. Calling hours are until 9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral service is on Monday in Yonkers.
John Rodriguez died from 9/11-related illness. Calling hours are until 9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral service is on Monday in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Flowers Funeral Home

Lt. John Mario Rodriguez, “J-Rod," 53, of the Yonkers Fire Department died Wednesday, Oct. 19 from a 9/11-related disease.

Rodriguez, a Yonkers resident who was born in Cuba, is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann Finning Rodriguez, and two sons, John and James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was a member of the YFD for 16 years, most recently he served as lieutenant with Ladder 71 in Yonkers.

According to his obituary, he loved golfing and also worked as a licensed plumber with Performance Plumbing and Heating.

Rodriguez is also survived by his mother Hilda Rodriguez Nardizzi; three sisters, Hilda Kapeles, Teresa Gover and Ana Caldararo; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Flower Funeral Home at 714 Yonkers Ave. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at St. John's Church at 670 Yonkers Ave. Cremation will follow at Ferncliff Crematory.

The family has asked that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House in New York or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center .

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