NYC Honorary Street Names


Firefighters John Downing, Harry Ford and Brian Fahey Way (Queens)
Present name:Astoria Boulevard
Location:Between 12th Street and 14th Street
Honoree: On June 17, 2001, a Sunday, the NYFD lost Firefighters John Downing, (Ladder 163 in Queens) 40, an 11-year veteran; Brian Fahey, (Rescue 4 in Queens), 46, a 14-year veteran; and Henry Ford, (Rescue 4 in Queens), 50, a 20-year veteran. They had answered a call to an explosion and fire on Astoria Boulevard. Ford and Downing were killed when the building façade collapsed on them. Fahey was killed inside the building when it imploded. [See also John Downing Park]
John Downing Park (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Existing park at 50th Street and 43rd Avenue
Honoree: John Downing, 40, was an 11-year veteran of the NYFD, assigned to Ladder Company 163. He was one of three firefighters who died in a Father’s Day fire in Astoria, Queens on June 17, 2001. Fifty others were injured.
LL:2001/ 71

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