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Monday, April 12, 2004
New York Firemanís Calendar Scorches for Charity

His name is Frank Sansonetti, but "Sampson"-etti might be more appropriate. Frank's physique has earned him a place in the home of the hottest hot bods -- the New York Fireman's Calendar.

Each year, the calendar raises ten of thousands of dollars for charity -- which is the only reason you'd catch Mr. April 2005 getting the Heidi Klum treatment on a Manhattan street. "A lot of guys are breaking my chops, but it's all for a good cause," Frank told us.

Mr. March, Jimmy Gerber, says that modeling for the calendar is not as easy as it looks. "You're standing there without your shirt on, in the middle of Times Square or downtown on Wall Street. It's difficult because you got people making comments and girls whistling," Gerber said.

But despite all the ribbing, for Christopher Martucci, Mr. August, appearing in the calendar is like a little bonus. "It's great enough being on the job, but now it's something new," Martucci said. "It's nice to spice things up."

Photographer Alan Batt, who puts the calendar together each year, told "Extra" he's always spoiled for choices. "They have an open call, and last time I think it was about 170 guys came down," Batt said.

So keep an eye out for the calendar that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "I got a hot date."

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