patch.com - May 08, 2019
FARMINGDALE, NY--Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Captain John S. Moschella's memory will be honored by a street in his name. Joseph Saladino, Oyster Bay's town supervisor, and Councilman Tom Hand held a ceremonial street renaming at the corner of Rita Place and Crestwood Boulevard in Farmingdale on Saturday. The new sign reads "FDNY Captain John S. Moschella Way," and is close to the home where he grew up.
Moschella died in the line of duty after he developed cancer while exposed to toxins at Ground Zero in the aftermath of of the 9/11 attacks. He died on Dec. 8, 2018. Moschella graduated from Farmingdale High School in 1984 and went on to serve 28 years with the FDNY.
"Firefighter Moschella is a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow Americans," Saladino stated in a press release. "This Farmingdale street, in the community where he lived for many years, will forever serve as a reminder of his extraordinary dedication."
Moschella's colleagues knew him as someone who was dedicated, caring and maintained attention to detail. He was also recognized as a devoted husband whose passions included the FDNY and sports.
"Captain Moschella had a unique ability to connect with people and felt a tremendous sense of duty as a firefighter and later, an officer to stand up for those in need," Hand said. "Firefighters followed John because they knew his leadership skills were unmatched and they knew he had their back. He never demanded anything of them that he wasn't willing to do himself."