NYPD officer slain in Iraq War to be honored with NYC street renaming

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A Manhattan street will be renamed in honor of a Centereach man Thursday – the first NYPD officer killed in action in the Iraq War.

Jimmy McNaughton, an Army reservist, was killed in 2005 at the age of 27. For the last 14 years, Bill and Michele McNaughton have been fighting with a community group that blocked a push to have a street in lower Manhattan renamed for their son.

With the help of Jimmy’s fellow police officers, the street dedication was finally approved and a section of West Broadway will be known as "James McNaughton Way."

“It took 14 years, but we got it done. His men from District 2 got it done,” Bill McNaughton told News 12.

Michelle McNaughton said she was “humbled.”

“He was a good kid…and it's important that you never forget anybody's child that has died,” she said.

Bill and Michele, both retired members of the NYPD, are hoping the new street sign will serve as a beacon for the neighborhood and the officers who protect it.

“Hopefully, when someone walks past, a new police officer, they Google him and say, ‘What did this kid do? I can learn from this,’” says Michele McNaughton.

His father says one of Jimmy’s mottos was “follow me.”

“I always told Jimmy when you lead you've got to lead from the front, and he always led from the front,” says Bill McNaughton.

West Broadway will become the second street to be co-named for McNaughton. Not long after he was killed, a section of Nicolls Road was also renamed in his honor.


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