2003-03-15 / Community

Name Street For ‘Bells’ Belson

Name Street For 'Bells' Belson

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., has announced that the corner of Beach 92 Street and Holland Avenue is to be named for Firefighter Stephen (Bells) Belson, who died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The renaming ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m.

Firefighter Stephen E. Belson, 51, was born and grew up in Flushing. He later moved to Rockaway Beach. Belson attended Francis Lewis High School and Lehman College where he graduated with a degree in physical education.

He worked for several years as a lifeguard at Rockaway Beach and then, with a group a fellow lifeguards, he joined the fire department.

A firefighter for 22 years, Belson worked at Ladder 24 in Manhattan where he was known as "Mr. Ladder 24." He was well respected as one of the most senior and knowledgeable firefighters there. Firefighter Stephen Belson received many commendations for bravery.

Belson was with Battalion Chief Orio Palmer in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. When they were last heard from, Palmer had made it to the 78th Floor and Belson to the 44th.

His mother recalls the two most important pronouncements in her son's life

"I love Rockaway and will never live anywhere else" and "I love the Fire Department and will never work anywhere else" He is survived by his mother, Madeline Belson Brandstadter and brother Bruce.

"The renaming of this street in Rockaway means that the memory and contributions of Stephen Belson can live on forever in the community he loved," stated Councilman Addabbo.

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