Neighbors, police officers, family and friends came together Saturday for the renaming of a Huntington Station street for former NYPD officer Scott Blackshaw.
The officer died in May of Sept.11-related cancer after spending weeks on recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in 2001. He was 52 and was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Huntington Town officials, John Feal of the Feal Good Foundation, State Sen. Carl Marcellino and Blackshaw’s brother David were among those who spoke at the dedication of a sign placed at the corner of Hillwood Drive and Valleywood Drive.
Feal said 10,000 first responders and others are suffering from 9/11-related diseases. “This sign is a tangible reminder of their sacrifice,” he said.
David Blackshaw said his brother’s cancers had brought them closer together but before he became ill, his brother “was the healthiest person I knew. I am always going to miss him.” He also praised the NYPD as a “topnotch organization that really stepped up. They came by. Everyone brought cannolis,” he joked.
A graduate of Northport High School, Blackshaw joined the police force in1990, worked at the 13th Precinct and Patrol Borough Manhattan South and retired in 2012.
Valleywood Drive in Huntington Station was officially co-named “NYPD Officer Scott Blackshaw Way” in a resolution at the June 19 Town Board meeting.
Valleywood Drive in Huntington Station was officially dedicated “NYPD Officer Scott Blackshaw Way” in a resolution at the June 19 Town Board Meeting.