Deceased firefighter will appear on calendar’s cover

    The calendar that set off a series of events within the Philadelphia Fire Department will debut Aug. 18, with Jack Slivinski’s face on the cover.

    The 31-year-old committed suicide earlier this summer shortly after the calendar he posed for caused drama in the department.

    Slivinski was disciplined in April for representing the department in the “Nation’s Bravest” calendar, which will feature firefighters from all over the country. He was reinstated the following week to his post in Northern Liberties after his parents defended his choice.

    Photographer Katherine Kostreva tells the Daily News she received a handful of letters from the department and the city, asking that Slivinski’s uniform be cropped, and offering to replace his pose with a firefighter from a willing city.

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    Instead, Kostreva will put Slivinski on the cover. Calendar proceeds will go to charity, and Philadelphia’s share will benefit firefighters’ widows.

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