Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad were joined by the friends, family and colleagues of an East Meadow man at the unveiling “Officer Francis T. Pitone Lane” on Saturday, March 29th. Pitone died on August 11, 2013 from an illness that was the result of courageous work as a New York City Police Officer in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
The commemorative sign dedicating Corey Lane to the hero, who was lovingly known to friends and family as “Frank,” was placed at the corner of Corey Lane and Newbridge Road in East Meadow.
“We will never forget heroes like Officer Pitone who made the supreme sacrifice as our nation was recovering from the wounds of 9/11.” Murray said. “Like everything he cared about in his life, Frank went above and beyond to contribute to our recovery from the horrific events of September 11, 2001.”
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, Pitone responded and worked at Ground Zero. Pitone was then transferred to the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, where he spent many months sorting through debris and remains that were transported from Ground Zero. Frank, who retired from the NYPD in 2005, was a dedicated husband, father, son, brother and a longtime coach for his children’s sports teams. He was also a devoted PBA representative who was known to look out for his fellow officers.
Frank is survived by his wife, Linda; his children Erik, Nicole, Shannon and Kyle; his parents Anthony and Joyce; and his siblings, Joe, Linda, Sue, John and Diane.
“Whatever uniform he had on . . . police, baseball, or civilian attire, he was always committed,” Murray said. “It is an honor to be able to remember the life of Officer Francis Pitone today. I truly believe by remembering and celebrating lives of heroes like Frank, we weave grief, pain and sorrow into strength, courage and connection.”