Possible death hoax postpones soldier's honors

Glenbrook fire officials were planning to honor one of their own at Saturday?s holiday tree lighting, but new information surfaced indicating the firefighter may not be dead.

Fire officials announced this week that volunteer firefighter Gabrielle Costello had died in Iraq. However, Lt. Col. John Whitford of the Connecticut National Guard said neither the state nor the U.S. Army could verify that Costello serves in the U.S. Army or was killed in Iraq.

Glenbrook Fire Chief Frank Passero said Costello worked at his department as a firefighter for nearly a year before going off to join the Army. He said his department has been dealing with all sorts of emotions as it continues to hear all sorts of scenarios. He said they don?t know what to believe.

Passero says officials are looking into the possibility that Costello was in the military under another name.

Officials were also going to have a brick engraved with Costello?s name on it to be placed along a pathway but are holding off.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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