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STREET CO-NAMING CEREMONY TO HONOR FALLEN CORRECTIONS OFFICER JONATHAN NARAIN
Richmond Hill, NY - On Sunday, May 5th at 2:00PM Council Member Adrienne Adams, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member David Weprin, Assembly Member Michele Titus, Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann, family members of Jonathan Narain and members of the community gathered to honor the countless contributions of the late Correction Officer Jonathan Narain. His service to his community and all of New York City was recognized with a street co-naming ceremony on the corner of 111th Street and 107th Avenue which will now be known as Correction Officer Jonathan Narain Way.
On September 14, 2018, off-duty city Correction Officer Jonathan Narain was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Richmond Hill, NY on his way to work at Rikers Island. Jonathan was only 27 years old.
Family members, friends and fellow officers filled the street in the rain to celebrate this distinction. Those who gathered remembered Jonathan as more than just a dedicated officer but also an active member of the community. He leaves behind a heartbroken family, a community touched by senseless gun violence, and residents who are inspired by his life. Correction Officer Narain was a cornerstone in his family and in the community.
“Correction Officer Jonathan Narain, like first responders and our soldiers, served quietly and behind the scenes,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “The act of willingly going to work every day to protect the safety of others is an act of heroism.
There are not enough words to honor Jonathan’s life, his sacrifice and his service to his fellow citizens but renaming 111th Street will serve as a celebration of Jonathan’s life. People who never had the good fortune of meeting Jonathan Narain will learn all about his life and what he stood for.”
"The Narain family would like to extend an invitation to all family, friends, co-workers and members of the community who shared memories of Jonathan Narain's unforgettable life,” said Jason Narain. “We share his everlasting memory in the afterlife by co-naming 111st where he was born, raised and lived."
“Jonathan Narain devoted his career to public service and promoting public safety, so it is especially tragic that we have lost such a great man due to a senseless act of gun violence,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “It is therefore most fitting that we honor Jonathan through this street-co-naming. From this day forward people traveling through this intersection will see Jonathan’s name and hopefully take time to reflect on his devotion to our City.”
“Officer Narain’s life and career as a Correction Officer was cut short on that tragic day in September,” said Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann. “His death has left a void in the hearts and minds of the Narain and DOC families. Co-naming this street corner Correction Officer Jonathan Narain Way ensures that our fallen brother will never be forgotten.”
“As one of New York’s Boldest, Correction Officer Jonathan Narain put his safety and well-being on the line each and every day on Rikers Island for our benefit,” said Assembly Member David I. Weprin. “His legacy of dedication and integrity will be memorialized on 111th Street so that the community will never forget his sacrifice. I thank Councilmember Adrienne Adams for her effort to secure this memorial for Officer Narain.”
“Law enforcement officers pledge to serve the public good and put their lives on the line on a daily basis,” said Assembly Member Michele
Titus. “Heroes like Correction Officer Jonathan Narain must never be forgotten, and co-naming the Southeast corner of 111th Street and 107th
Avenue is a fitting tribute that will help ensure that he is always remembered by the community.”
“Officer Narain exemplified devotion to a life of civil service, and his senseless death deprived his family, his community, and our city of that noble spirit,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “I thank Council Member Adams for arranging this street co- naming ceremony in honor of his memory.”