The intersection of 104th Street and 37th Drive was renamed Army Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez Way in a moving ceremony. Jimenez grew up on the block.
"I am proud that the street where I saw my son grew up to become the man he was, will forever be named in his honor," said Maria Duran, Alex's mother. "I love Alex very much and miss him being with us every day. But, now with this memorial, Alex lives on and will never be forgotten."
The story of Sergeant Jimenez gained national prominence in 2007 when he and members of his unit from the 10th Mountain Division, stationed in Iraq, went missing for nearly a year. The investigation into his disappearance found that insurgents had ambushed his unit's position south of Baghdad. In 2008, his remains were found and returned to the United States.
"Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez was a valiant member of the Queens community, who paid the ultimate price defending our lives and liberty," said State Senator Hiram Monserrate. "[He] was a hero in every sense of the word and, as a nation and Queens community, we will be forever indebted to him and his family."
Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez Way marks the fourth street to be renamed in tribute to a United States Armed Forces veteran from Senate District 13. U.S. Army Sergeant Jose Gomez, Army Specialist Marlon A. Bustamante both from Corona, and Corporal Jonathan Rivadeneira from Jackson Heights, have had streets renamed in their honor.