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Street-naming event for 9/11 responder

The Town of Babylon on Saturday will rename a Lindenhurst street in honor of a police detective who died from 9/11-related illnesses.

The town will rename 49th Street, between Copiague Road and Wellwood Avenue, for NYPD Det. James A. Schiavone Jr. The 49-year-old Schiavone died Dec. 12 after developing colon cancer and a severe upper respiratory illness.

Known as Jimmy, Schiavone was a 9/11 first responder from the 105th Precinct in Queens who spent four months working at Ground Zero. He was a member of the NYPD for 20 years, starting as a police officer in the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn in 1989 and then promoted to detective in 2004, working undercover in the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau.

Schiavone graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1986 and lived on 49th Street in Lindenhurst, raising three children with his wife, Lisa. He coached Little League and a travel team out of Baseball Heaven in Yaphank. Known for his giving nature, Schiavone bought ice cream for the team every opening day and raked the field himself after a rain so as to not disappoint the children with a canceled game, his wife wrote in a letter to the town. When his best friend had cancer, Schiavone helped him through his treatments, his wife wrote, even carrying him from the car to his house when he was too weak to walk.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at 49th Street and Copiague Road, featuring government officials, an NYPD bagpiper and a helicopter flyover from the NYPD and Feal Good Foundation, which advocates for first responders and others who have become ill after working at Ground Zero.

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