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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Dedicate East Patchogue Street in Honor of 9/11 First Responder Mark “Ski” Gajewski

Gajewski Way Dedication group photo

Farmingville, NY -  On Saturday, August 17, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Michael Loguercio officially dedicated a portion of Martha Avenue in East Patchogue as “Mark W. Gajewski Way.” Mr. Gajewski, a professional welder, was a first responder on 9/11 who selflessly spent 9 months cleaning up at “Ground Zero.” He lost his battle with 9/11-related lung cancer on December 11, 2017. Mr. Gajewski, also known as “Ski,” was heralded as a man who spent a lifetime helping others in need. In 2005, he drove his truck to New Orleans to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pictured left to right are Assemblyman Joe DeStaphano; Debra Gajewski (wife); Supervisor Ed Romaine; Crystal Gajewski (daughter); Councilman Michael Loguercio; Sean Gajewski (son) and County Legislator Rudy Sunderman.

Supervisor Romaine said, “It’s important that we honor those who exemplify the true spirit of community. Mark Gajewski was an ordinary man who performed extraordinary acts and sacrificed his own life to help others. His family should take pride in knowing how much we all appreciate his courage to do the right thing.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “I was proud to stand among Mark’s family and friends to celebrate his life. We will never forget his courage and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful for the opportunity to honor his memory and share this day with so many great people.”

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

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