Rockland, NY – Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, gathered with the parents of Jared Lloyd, elected officials and local volunteer firefighters to unveil signage renaming a portion of Route 45 after firefighter Jared Lloyd.
Bill S8298a/A9270, sponsored by Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, officially designating a portion of the state highway system in Rockland county as the "Firefighter Jared Lloyd Memorial Highway,” passed unanimously in both legislative chambers this spring.
“In March of 2021, Rockland County experienced the tragic loss of Jared Lloyd as he fought one of the largest fires in our county's history. We will never forget his heroic actions that saved so many lives and his endless dedication to our community, having served as a firefighter for 15 years. Renaming this stretch of road in his honor is a way to recognize his sacrifice and ensure his memory lives on,” said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowki.
Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick said, “The people of Rockland County will always remember Jared Lloyd’s service and sacrifice. Permanently renaming this portion of Route 45 Jared Lloyd Memorial Highway honors him and will inspire others to serve their community. All of us in government must continue to work to strengthen code enforcement so we prevent another tragedy like this in our community.”
Jared Lloyd’s mother, Sabrail Davenport, thanked the legislators for their efforts to rename the roadway in honor of her son, and said, “These signs confirm the legacy that Jared is leaving for his sons to be proud of and the sacrifices he made for 16 years as a volunteer firefighter. As you drive down Route 45, make sure that you thank our son Jared Lloyd for his courageous service.”
President of Columbian Fire Engine Company, Reginald Anderson, reminded all present that, “On that tragic day Jared didn’t lose his life fighting the fire, he gave his life saving lives. That is the type of person he is. I don’t say that is the type of person he was. I say that is the type of person he is, because in each one of our hearts, he still lives.”
Firefighter Jared Lloyd gave his life in the line of duty during the tragic fire at Evergreen Court in March 2021. His brave actions and the actions of his fellow firefighters saved over 100 lives.
Also present at today’s sign unveiling were Assemblyman Mike Lawler, County Executive Ed Day, County Legislator Toney Earl, Rockland County Office of Fire & Emergency Services Director Christopher Kear, representatives from the Hillcrest Fire Department and several of Jared Lloyd’s friends and family members. Members of Columbian Fire Engine Company arrived in the Tanker 17, a fire apparatus that had special meaning for Jared as he served on the committee that designed it for his company.