He was only 26-years-old, but Thomas Jurgens’ memory will live for a long time as the Town of Hempstead and the Meadowmere Fire Department collaborated on a street dedication on Sept. 17 to honor the Lawrence resident who died on 9/11.
Jurgens was a senior court officer for the New York State Office of Court Administration and a volunteer firefighter for the Meadowmere department. Meyer Avenue at the corner of East Avenue near the firehouse will be renamed Captain Thomas Jurgens Avenue.
He was one of three state court officers to die during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. On duty in lower Manhattan, Jurgens responded to the burning towers and saved several lives before he lost his own.
In addition to the street renaming, the Meadowmere Fire department dedicated a piece of steel that is a remnant from the Twin Towers.