Astoria street co-named for Woodside firefighter who helped save 16 lives during 9/11


    Woodside firefighter who helped rescue 16 people during the 9/11 attacks but later died from illnesses he contracted while working at Ground Zero was honored with a street co-naming in Astoria on Sept. 9.

    Jimmy Lanza, who died in April at 71 due to 9/11-related brain cancer, was part of the team that pulled people out of what is now referred to as the “miracle stairwell.” Lanza served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and after that, joined the FDNY in 1979 where he worked for 28 years at Engine 53, Ladder 43 in East Harlem.

    Lanza’s family, elected officials, the current commander of American Legion Post 1836, FDNY Queens Borough Commander Ed Baggott, Kurt Lester, a retired firefighter who served with Lanza and 200 members of the public attended the ceremony.

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