Firefighter John Heffernan Honored On Beach 114 Street
|Beach 114 Street was renamed “Firefighter John Heffernan Street” during a rain-soaked boardwalk ceremony last Saturday. Heffernan, who grew up on that street, was among the first responders killed on September 11, 2001. Photo: Firefighters in their dress uniforms line up on the boards.Members of the Heffernan family, seen here, held an after party at the American Legion.
Heffernan’s mother, Mary, stands with City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. holding a replica of the street sign that honors her son.Gerard Ganz, a childhood friend of Heffernan’s who also played with him in The Bullys punk rock band, tapes a photo of his friend aka “Johnny Heff” to the utility pole on Beach 114 Street. Heffernan wrote and produced the band’s record “Tonite We Fight Again,” the title track of which is an ode to Rockaway Beach.City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. welcomes Heffernan’s family, friends and FDNY comrades to the ceremony. Addabbo encouraged people to share their memories of Heffernan and said it was OK to have a laugh, as the man they were honoring probably would have.Sheila Finnegan sings “You Raised Me Up” as her husband Michael accompanies her on guitar. Both are friends of the Heffernan family.|
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