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Part of Plainview road renamed 'Heroes Way' to honor pandemic health care workers

A portion of Old Country Road in Plainview

A portion of Old Country Road in Plainview on Tuesday was renamed “Heroes Way,” as a thank you to health care workers and first responders for their work during the pandemic. A Plainview woman whose family had recovered from the virus said their survival was thanks to those who took care of them. Here’s the latest, with Newsday's Cecilia Dowd. Credit: Newsday / Cecilia Dowd; Howard Schnapp

We needed a hero.

And we didn't just get one, Nassau County Legis. Arnold W. Drucker (D-Plainview) said Tuesday, we got many considering how first responders, hospital staff and front-line health care workers stepped up to emerge as heroes during "the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic." Which is why Drucker, Plainview community leaders and Nassau Executive Laura Curran on Tuesday renamed a stretch of Old Country Road in front of Plainview Hospital "Heroes Way" at an 11 a.m. ceremony. 

The renamed stretch of road is between Kalda Lane and Central Park Road.

It was done, Drucker said in a statement, as "a lasting tribute" to health care workers at the hospital and the "compassionate care" provided by Central Island Healthcare's team of professionals, as well as the "selfless service" of firefighters and first responders from the Plainview Fire Department — which is located across the street from the hospital. Social distancing, masks and other protocols were observed during the ceremony.

“Healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers fortified our community and provided the support we all needed to overcome the greatest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Drucker said in his statement. “They are profoundly deserving of this public tribute to their courageous service, and I am proud to join County Executive Curran and the entire Plainview community as we salute our hometown heroes.”