It was almost 13 years ago that Salman Hamdani, an NYPD cadet and EMT, lost his life trying to save others following the attacks of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Salaman’s mother Talat Hamdani fought back tears while she read prepared words at a dedication ceremony near her home on 204th Street on Monday.
“I am humbled, honored and proud,” Talat said. “Humbled because all of you are here today, you have faith and believe in my cause; honored to be dedicating this street and proud to be the mother of a true American hero.”
Talat remembered her son as a “kind and compassionate man,” and recalled the days of his early childhood when she taught him how to walk on 204th Street.
“This is a victorious day for American Muslims,” she said. “Moving forward, this is a turning point in how America perceives American Muslims and hopefully we will move forward in a positive direction in the future.”
Councilman Paul Vallone hosted the ceremony with numerous elected officials and community board members to recognize his life and bravery.
“While the rest of us were in shock that day, others ran to perform heroic deeds,” Vallone said. “We finally have a street that every person for generations can come to say, who was that man?”
Hamdani was a Bayside High School graduate and a Queens College graduate, with aspirations of becoming a doctor.
Congresswoman Grace Meng was among dozens of elected officials and representatives at the ceremony there to convey her own thanks to Talet and her family for having a son like Salman.
“I am proud that his name will be forever etched onto this street,” Meng said. “When I drive by, and when I show my two sons and explain one day when they’re old enough to understand his heroism, what he has done for and left our country with, I am so proud to be an American and thank him for his sacrifices.”