Steven Frosch, the sanitation worker who tragically lost his life in June, will never be forgotten in Middle Village now that a street is being named in his honor.
At the end of January, the City Council unanimously voted and approved to rename 67th Drive between 78th and 79th streets after Frosch in memory of his sacrifice and for all of the work he did for the city. He worked with the Department of Sanitation for 15 years and also previously served as a member of both the NYPD and FDNY.
“Steven was a devoted family man who gave himself to our community and loved his wife, Bina, and their four children with all of his heart,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who represents Middle Village and Maspeth in the City Council. “His tragic death should serve as a reminder to all of us about the very real risks our uniformed workers take each single day in the service of everyday New Yorkers. Throughout his life, Steven truly personified New York’s finest, bravest and strongest, and he deserves to be recognized and remembered by our city.”
Frosch, 43, was working on a street sweeper when another sanitation worker accidentally hit him with another street sweeper and pinned him between the two large vehicles.
Police found Frosch unconscious and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Frosch was honored once before in November of last year at the sanitation garage located in Maspeth. The Queens West 5A garage was renamed in his memory, as he used to be deployed out of it.
“I am pleased that 67th Drive between 78th Street and 79th Street in Middle Village will be renamed to honor fallen sanitation worker Steven Frosch, who died in the line of duty last year,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “This meaningful act demonstrates to the Frosch family what Steven meant to this city and to the Department of Sanitation that he served so well.”
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