Community pushes to rename street in honor of fallen firefighter

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Community leaders are pushing to cement the legacy of a firefighter who was brutally beaten to death on the Belt Parkway last year.

FDNY Engine 245 sits on West 8th Street between Surf and Mermaid avenues, a stretch that may soon take on another name.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch is proposing to co-name the street in honor of firefighter Faizal Coto.

"This is where he came every single day to protect all New Yorkers, so it's important to have the street renaming in the area where he served," says Deutsch.

Coto was off-duty when he was killed in an alleged road rage incident last December. Investigators say he pulled over and got into an argument with Joseph Desmond after the two collided on the Belt Parkway. Desmond then allegedly clobbered Coto over the head with a heavy weapon.

Last week, Community Board 13 voted unanimously in favor of the co-naming.

The effort to rename the street now rests with the City Council, which could take several months.

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