Officer Diane F. Halbran, who died of a cancer she developed from working at the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was honored by the NYPD with a street name in front of her family home.
Officer Halbran was assigned to assist with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of the collapse of the twin towers. Her efforts, along with those of other first responders and rescue teams, managed to save an estimated 25,000 lives.
Due to the contamination in the air following the destruction of the towers, many rescue personnel became extremely ill and died, with some (as in the case of Halbran) developing illnesses and cancers years later.
Law enforcement colleagues and relatives gathered to honor the fallen officer by renaming the street in front of her family home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and East 4th Street, “Police Officer Diane F. Halbran Way.”
“Diane was one of the most loving and competent people you’d ever meet,” Chief of Special Operations Harry Wedin said at the event.
“If you look around you today you can see a lot of retired people from the [70th Precinct] and from the Brooklyn South Task Force. And to get people to come back to an event when they’ve been retired for 20 years or longer just shows you how much Diane was loved by everybody that worked for her,” he said.
Halbran’s niece, NYPD Deputy Inspector Megan O’Malley, also spoke. “I think a street renaming is just so wild. It ensures someone’s always going to know my aunt’s name, her story, or at least parts of it.”
The fallen officer’s passing is a reminder that the effects from 9/11 are still being felt today.