October 26,2010 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani
Press Release # 10-29, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York City Department of Sanitation today renamed its Queens West District 1 Garage the "Frank Justich Garage" after Sanitation Worker Frank Justich, who died in the line of duty on January 26th, 2010, when he was servicing a corner litter basket and was struck and pinned by a tractor trailer truck.
Sanitation Worker Justich, an 11-year veteran, was assigned to Sanitation's Queens West 1 Garage, which covers the neighborhoods of Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, and Woodside. Sanitation Worker Justich is survived by his wife Stacy, and two daughters, Faith, and Felicity. The Department was joined at the ceremony by the Justich family and several local elected officials.
The Frank Justich garage is located at 34-28 21st Street, Astoria.
"Sanitation Worker Justich was a beloved member of this Department, who was always ready with a kind word, a smile, or a personalized piece of artwork for his co-workers and his family alike," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. "He was committed to keeping this city clean and safe, a testament to how much he loved this city and Department. Sanitation Worker Justich will live on with the renaming of this garage in his honor."
Harry Nespoli, president of Local 831, Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association, also spoke at the ceremony.
A bronze plaque was placed inside the garage and a sign was unveiled over the garage entrance commemorating the event.