NYC Corrections Officer Gary Messina killed in Calverton skydiving accident

Family and friends identify the victim as Gary

Family and friends identify the victim as Gary Messina of Medford. He would have been 26-years-old today. (Credit: Facebook)

A young father died in a skydiving accident at Skydive Long Island Wednesday afternoon in Calverton.

Police have identified the victim as Gary Messina, a New York City corrections officer from Medford. Police say Messina died on impact after an apparent parachute failure during a tandem jump. He would have been 26 years old Thursday, and leaves behind a young son.

Messina's instructor,...

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