Brain Tumor Kills NY Firefighter, Aspiring Actor


By Thane Grauel

Mount Vernon (NY) – Though Rodney Mack died young, the 27-year-old had already fulfilled several dreams.

At Mount Vernon High School he was a MVP quarterback. He had lead roles in the high school plays “Dream Girls” and “Grease.” He acted in three motion pictures, “The Lady Killer,” “Pariah,” and “Buffalo Boys.”

And this year, he accomplished what he dreamed of since he was 7 — becoming a Mount Vernon firefighter.

After 16 weeks of training at Westchester’s Fire Academy, Mack graduated in January.

But three days later, he was hospitalized with a brain tumor. He spent the following months battling the illness before he died last Monday.

He will be remembered at a wake from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Memorial Church of God, 132 Crary Ave., Mount Vernon, and a homegoing service there at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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