Lt. Edith Torres, FDNY EMS, honored by street-naming ceremony

On July 17, 2021, an Astoria street was named for FDNY EMS Lt. Edith Torres, who died of World Trade Center-related cancer in 2017.

The intersection of 34th Avenue and 21st Street is now known as EMS Lt. Edith Elida Torres Way, reports Julia Moro for

Lt. Torres served the FDNY for 23 years, starting in Battalion 49 in Astoria.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told those in attendance at the renaming ceremony,“Off-duty on 9/11, she responded, and spent many hours at the site, working to provide medical care that day and for countless days afterward. It is that selfless work that led to the illness that claimed her life – and our gratitude to Edith will not diminish even as time passes, and our obligation to her family will not be forgotten.”

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