Earlier this month, a Lindenhurst hero was honored by the Town of Babylon.
James Schiavone — an NYPD detective, volunteer baseball coach and father of three — died last winter due to a 9/11 related illness. He was 49.
To remember his life, the town renamed 49th Street — the block on which he grew up — “James A. Schiavone Memorial Way.”
Hundreds attended the dedication ceremony, including family, friends and elected officials.
“Det. Schiavone and his family, including his wife, Lisa and his children Breanna, Michael and Christina deserved nothing less for the sacrifice he made on behalf of the residents of NYC during his law enforcement career and his work in the aftermath of September 11, 2001,” said Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer.
Originally, Schiavone’s family asked for a sign commemorating the fallen police officer to be hung at Zahn’s Park, where he often played as a kid. However, Schaffer and Town of Babylon Beautification Program Director Florence Findley came up with the street renaming idea.
“It was truly an honor to see close to 400 people, including many Lindenhurst residents who grew up with, lived near or volunteered as a baseball coach with Det. Schiavone, as well as many of his former colleagues from the NYPD, including many high ranking officials, attend the street dedication,” said Schaffer.
Top: Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Town Board members and other locally elected officials joined by NYPD Detective James A. Schiavone’s family during the James A. Schiavone Memorial Way dedication. (Courtesy photo)