Monday, February 8, 2016

Sexy Firefighter's Last Hurrah

A vote for late firefighter Jack Slivinski is a vote for the Widow's Fund.

Sexy Firefighter's Last Hurrah

When he posed for "Nation's Bravest," a 2012 firefighter beefcake calendar, Jack Slivinski Jr. wanted the proceeds of his portion of the calendar sales to benefit Philadelphia Firefighters Local 22 Widow's Fund.

After his death by suicide in June, that cause became more important than ever to his mom Gerry, dad Jack Sr. and sister Jennifer Wysocki. So I'm glad to pass along their request that you click here to vote for Jack Jr. in an online contest rating each "Nation's Bravest" firefighter on sexiness. ( Note: The deadline to vote is Jan. 15, so the quicker your click, the better.) The top vote-getter earns a $1,000 prize from Rusk Hair Products, which is sponsoring the "Being Sexy" contest. If Jack wins - so far, he's leading the pack - the money will go to the Widow's Fund.

I know. A contest on "sexiness" is silly. And the website for it is kind of cheesy. But this is good cause and Jack Jr. was a wonderful guy. To meet him in happier days, click here.

Now go vote! 

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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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