Hundreds Turn Out To Honor FF Richie Allen On Beach 91 Street
|Hundreds of Rockaway residents joined dozens of firefighters in honoring Firefighter Richie Allen, who lost his life at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Pictured, part of the large number of people who crowded the boardwalk at Beach 91 Street for the renaming ceremony, which made that stretch of boardwalk “FF Richard Allen Way.”
The Fire Department Pipes Band provided music for the moving ceremony.
A large contingent of firefighters from local firehouses as well as from the Brooklyn firehouse in which he worked. Prior to entering the fire department, Allen was a lifeguard and a substitute teacher at PS 114. He also worked for many years in his family’s deli on Beach 101 Street.
Allen’s family, including his mother, Gail and father, Richie, watch the ceremony along with Allen’s siblings, Judy, Lynn, Luke, Maggie and Matt.
The sign now hangs from a pole at Beach 91 Street and the boardwalk. That beach is soon to be designated as a surfing-only beach. Allen often surfed that that beach and once made a movie about surfing, calling that stretch of water “the best surfing beach in New York City.” As the ceremony went on, dozens of surfers braved the waves behind the podium.
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who pushed the name change through the city council despite some opposition from community groups, was the master of ceremonies for the renaming ceremony.
The family unveils the sign proclaiming the section of the boardwalk named for the fallen firefighter.
Councilman Addabbo presents a copy of the street sign to Allen’s parents, Gail and Richie Allen.
Firefighter Michael Doda, a lifetime friend of Allen’s spoke about growing up in Rockaway. Michael’s brother, Dennis, spoke as well.
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