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Oyster Bay street renamed for Nassau police hero

A street in Oyster Bay has been renamed to honor a former Nassau County police officer.

Oyster Bay Town and county officials attended a ceremony to honor fallen Nassau County Police Department Lieutenant Michael P. Shea, who died in the line of duty as a result of cancer he developed after being exposed to toxins while working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

A “Lieutenant Michael P. Shea Way” street sign was unveiled at the corner of School Street and Berry Hill Road in Oyster Bay, which is situated near the home where Shea resided with his wife Ingrid.

Shea served in the NYPD Highway Division for five years and then joined the Nassau County Police Department in the 8th Precinct for 17 years, the 6th Precinct for nine years and concluded his career working in the 3rd Precinct. He served as a union trustee for the Nassau County Police Superior Officers Association representing 20 supervisors from the 6th Precinct. 

Shea was described by his colleagues as “soft-spoken, polite and gentle with a witty sense of humor” while always representing his members well. He passed away on April 1, 2017.

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