Residents cheered the community boardâ€™s unanimous decision to change the name of 204th Street at 35th Avenue in Bayside to Salman Hamdani way.
More than a decade after the tragic events of 9/11 an unsung American Muslim hero was finally honored after the Queenâ€™s Borough in New York decided to name a street after him.
It means so much to me that anyone passes by here, no matter if they live in the neighborhood or just driving by, and like, â€˜Oh,â€™ theyâ€™ll look up, maybe see the sign, theyâ€™ll research it and theyâ€™ll find out my brotherâ€™s story,â€ said Zeshan Hamdani, Salman Hamdaniâ€™s brother, told NY1.
After Salman Hamdaniâ€™s death, there was xenophobic speculation that because he was Muslim, he was somehow involved in the attacks, but he was cleared when it came to light that he was a first responder.
â€œHe ended up down at Ground Zero just trying to help save lives, and then he was, you know, the buildings came down, and he was gone,â€ Zeshan Hamdani said. â€œGave us a bag, said it was him, just body parts.â€
The Hamdani family was happy that their son was getting recognition but they also want him to be treated on par with other first responders. Salman Hamdaniâ€™s mother Talat Hamdani said the family wants him to be recognized by the New York City administration, Mayor de Blasioâ€™s office, as a cadet that gave his life that day.
The family said this is the first step in the process.