The co-naming was hosted by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer for the firefighters of Rescue 4 that lost their lives in the line of duty, and those first responders who perished on September 11, 2001.
Also present were the families of first responders, current members of Woodside’s Rescue 4, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Uniformed Firefighter Officers Association, local elected officials and members of the community.
Former councilman Walter McCaffrey sponsored a law to rename the Boulevard that was passed in 2001, but was not put up until today, said Van Bramer.
“They serve everywhere, as we learned in September 11,” he said. “The reach of the men and women of the FDNY goes far beyond any one set of neighborhoods; they serve all of us with everything they have.”
The ceremony paid tribute to 15 servicemen, including Lieutenant Thomas Dore, Captain Raymond Koehler and Firefighter Durrell Pearsall, among others. Nine of those men died in the World Trade Center attacks and six others died in the line of service.
One of those heroes is Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell, who led his men into the south tower that Tuesday morning on September 11. Before that tragic day he was cited 17 times for bravery in the FDNY.
“I think it’s great, people pass by and they look at the sign and remember it,” said Rosellen Dowdell, who comes to the Rescue 4 firehouse every year for her husband’s memorial.
“The men who passed away on 9/11 deserve this honor and this recognition and I’m glad - even thought it took ten years - they got it,” said Gloria McAvoy, Lieutenant Dowdell’s sister.
Before the street sign was revealed, local school children from P.S.11 read words of comfort to the families and later the sound of bag pipes from the FDNY Emerald Society Pipe and Drums filled the corner of 65th street.
“This is a long time making; it’s here and it serves as a reminder to people who have memories of September 11 as well as these children who weren’t even born,” said city Comptroller John Liu.
State Senator Michael Gianaris said the 10th anniversary of 9/11 should be as important as the first or the 11th.
“The lives we lost were no less important last year than they are today and the people who perished will not be missed any less next year,” said Gianaris. “We know that for those who experienced it firsthand that everyday is a day of remembrance.”