‘He just wanted to help people’: Chiropractor who jumped to his death with wife over money woes was a 9/11 hero

The Manhattan chiropractor who jumped to his death with his wife is being remembered as a “saint” who helped traumatized firefighters after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The New York Post reports that Glenn Scarpelli, who was found dead early Friday morning on Madison Avenue with his wife, Patricia Colant, spent countless hours volunteering his services to 9/11 emergency responders.

“We helped adjust for stressed and freaked out firefighters, policemen anyone who needed help,” said Adam Lamb, a co-worker who volunteered with Scarpelli. “He was just an amazing, amazing, generous person.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Scarpelli, 53, and Colant, 50, jumped from the ninth floor of the Madison Avenue office building where Scarpelli’s practice was located. Each of them had a suicide note in their pocket. Scarpelli’s said that he and his wife had a “wonderful life” but had experienced a “financial spiral.” Colant’s note asked for the couple’s children to be looked after.

“Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them,” it read.

A friend of Scarpelli’s described him to the New York Post as a “saint.”

He “never turned anyone away if they couldn’t afford his services,”  Amy Lambert, a fellow chiropractor who rented a room in Scarpelli’s office and volunteered with him at soup kitchens, told the newspaper.

“He just wanted to help people,” she said.

The New York Post reports that the couple owed $23,304 in federal taxes and had over $200,000 of debt.


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