Beach 37 Street, between Beach Channel Drive and Edgemere Avenue was renamed last Saturday for Firefighter Eugene Michael Whalen, who was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Whalen, who lived on that street and was a parishioner at St. Gertrude’s Church, was remembered by hundreds of local residents and firefighters. Pictured: Whalen’s father, Alfred Whalen, holds sign as his wife, Joan Whalen, his son, Firefighter Robert Whalen and City Councilman James Sanders look on.
|City Councilman James Sanders shows a replica sign to the crowd prior to presenting it to the family.
The sign on the pole denoting the new name of the street.
A large crowd showed up for the ceremony.
The Whalen family watches the ceremony.
Eugene’s brother, Christopher, speaks about his slain sibling. Flanking Whalen on left is Father Brendan Downing, the priest at St. Gertrude’s, with Councilman Sanders to his right.
Ladder 134 raised an American flag from its rig in honor of Whalen’s memory.
The Whalen family watch the unveiling of the sign.
Members of the FDNY pipe band led a march from Beach 40 Street, where another victim of September 11 was remembered, to Beach 37 Street.
Dozens of firefighters lined up to honor Whalen.