By Phil Corso timesledger.com
Lt. Peter J. Farrenkopf used to call Bayside home before he died in 2009 of illnesses that dated back to his working at Ground Zero after September 11.
Now his family, friends and neighbors can refer to his name as their home.
More than 10 years later, the September 11 first responder was honored in Bayside for putting others’ lives before his own while he was at work on the burning pile of debris in the attack’s aftermath.
City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) unveiled a new street sign Sunday for the new Lt. Peter J. Farrenkopf Place, at 207th Street and 26th Avenue in Bayside, in remembrance of the former FDNY Marine Co. 6 member.
Farrenkopf, who lived on 207th Street in Bayside, died 90 days after being diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2009, which doctors said he contracted while performing duties at Ground Zero after September 11. He served more than 30 years with the Fire Department and was listed as a victim of the attacks.
Halloran joined with Farrenkopf’s family and neighbors Sunday afternoon to unveil the new sign along with state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside).
“This street is a tribute to a man who gave his life saving others,” said Halloran. “Lt. Farrenkopf was a hero, a family man and a true American patriot.”