Woodhaven gathers for Jimmy Young Day
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Pictured from left to right are Kyle Young, Michelle Young, Kenny Young, Alison, Maureen, Jaclyn, and Matthew Perna, Ed Wendell, and Maria Thompson. (Photo by Michael O'Kane)
Pictured from left to right are Kyle Young, Michelle Young, Kenny Young, Alison, Maureen, Jaclyn, and Matthew Perna, Ed Wendell, and Maria Thompson. (Photo by Michael O'Kane)
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The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association along with St. Thomas the Apostle Church led a weekend commemoration of Woodhaven resident and New York City Firefighter Jimmy Young, who died in a blaze sixteen years ago this month.

Dozens of people, including some of Young's relatives, turned out for "Jimmy Young Day" on Saturday, March 27. The commemoration included the hanging of a wreath at the corner of 87th Street and 88th Avenue after the 4:30 p.m. mass.

"His was a loss that was, obviously, devastating to his family, and one admires the class and dignity in which they carry on," said WRBA President Edward Wendell. "One can only imagine the contributions he would have made to Woodhaven - as a resident, a business leader, and a friend."

Father Frank Tumino, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle, led the gathering in a prayer. Next, Allison and Jaclyn, Jimmy's nieces, hung the wreath Jimmy's sister, Maureen, then thanked those in attendance for remembering her brother. "Jimmy was an amazing person,” she said. “He touched so many people's lives, and it's great that he's still remembered and honored."

WRBA Director Maria Thomson then read from the statement she made at City Hall the day a bill was signed renaming a stretch of 87th Street - including the intersection where this ceremony was held - Jimmy Young Place.

"Jimmy, you were taken too soon, and we miss you,” Thomson read to the crowd. “But with your name proudly displayed on Jimmy Young Place, the legacy of your winning life and your heroic death will always live on."

Young died on March 28, 1994, while searching for people in a burning building in SoHo, in Manhattan. The blaze also claimed the lives of Captain John Drennan and Firefighter Chris Siedenburg.

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association intends to continue commemorating Jimmy Young Day each year.

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