Street Corners Renamed for
Court Officers Who Died on 9/11
In front of Family Court (not shown), with other courthouses at left and rear
Photo: Stephen Moran
|Family, friends and colleagues of the three New York State court officers killed during the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack gathered in lower Manhattan on Sept. 30 for the renaming of three street corners in their honor.
Immediately after Sept. 11, artists made a mural at the 111 Centre St. courthouse, just blocks from the twin towers, “but we wanted something more permanent for the public and the other officers” said Lt. Frank Graniero, a court officer in Richmond Family Court. “We [New York State Court Officers Lodge #35] came up with renaming a street in their honor.”
Capt. William Harry Thompson and Senior Court Officers Thomas Jurgens and Mitchel Wallace died while helping to evacuate people from the two towers.
Craig Floyd, Chairman and Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which drew a crowd of close to 1,000, many in uniform. Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman also spoke.
The intersection of White and Lafayette Streets was renamed Court Officer Mitchel Wallace Corner; the corner of Leonard and Lafayette Streets was renamed for Court Officer
Thomas Jurgens; and the corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets was renamed for Capt. William Thompson. Part of Lafayette Street near the Family Court was also named Court Officer Memorial Way.
Photo: Stephen Moran
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