Community Board Rejects Co-Naming Street After Fallen NYPD War Hero
The parents of a fallen NYPD officer who was killed while serving in Iraq are petitioning a Manhattan community board's rejection to co-name a street after their son.
Community Board 1 voted 21 to 12 against co-naming West Broadway after Staff Sgt. Jimmy McNaughton, who was the first NYPD officer to be killed in the Iraq War.
Sgt. McNaughton was killed in August 2005 by a sniper while serving in the Army Reserves. His father, Bill McNaughton, said Tuesday on Fox & Friends that the board made the decision for "silly" reasons.
"I just don't get it, plain and simple. I just don't get it," he said. "We thought it was a done deal and the community said no."
McNaughton's father said that the board denied the co-naming because of the potential to confuse taxi drivers by having too many street signs on a pole.
His mother, Michelle McNaughton, said that her son lived life to the fullest, was respectful and loved the country.
"He died doing what he loved and that gives us peace, if that helps," she said. "It's hard to explain."
The New York Post reported that the proposal to co-name the street -- between Lispenard and Canal streets -- had unanimously passed in committee.
"He took care of his men," McNaughton said of his son. "That's the big thing here for me as a father."
The McNaughtons and pro-police officer group Blue Lives Matter are petitioning Mayor Bill de Blasio to overturn the decision.
Watch the interview above.