BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11)—Brooklyn honored seven of its firefighters who were killed on September 11th by renaming a part of Richards Street "Seven In Heaven Way."
The firefighters were part of Engine 202, Ladder 101 and Battalion 32. A ceremony took place Saturday morning in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in front of the firehouse.
"It's a long, overdue honor for these seven great men. We're just not going to forget them, ever," said Fire Capt. Mike Kendall.
Family members of the fallen firefighters unveiled the new street sign, which was dedicated to Lt. Joseph Gullickson, Salvatore Calabro, Thomas Kennedy, Patrick Byrne, Joseph Maffeo, Brian Cannizaro and Terrence McShane.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Senator Velmanetter Montgomery also took part in the ceremony.
"We look upon our firefighters as indeed among the closest that we love in this borough and in this City," Markowitz said.
The impending closure of 20 fire companies across all five boroughs, including eight in Brooklyn, was acknowledged several times.
"I am budget negotiator for Brooklyn. I will fight for what you deserve because you are very significant to us," Gonzalez said to the firefighters of Engine 202.
More than 300 firefighters and paramedics died in the 9/11 attacks.