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NYC street renamed after hero NYPD detective and crusader for 9/11 survivors

January 12, 2023 in , , , ,

The corner of Scholes and Humboldt Streets, in Brooklyn, will now be known as Detective Barbara Taylor-Burnette Place.

SPBMCC Client Honored in Brooklyn

The legacy of a hero NYPD detective, crusader for 9/11 survivors, and former SPBMCC client was immortalized last month by renaming a street near her beloved Williamsburg Houses was renamed in her honor. 

According to an article in the NY Daily News, the corner of Scholes and Humboldt Streets will now be known as Detective Barbara Taylor-Burnette Place after the 58-year-old first responder who died in December 2021 after a long and debilitating battle with 9/11-related health issues linked to her time at Ground Zero.

The street renaming was steps from the Williamsburg Houses, where Burnette grew up, and St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, where her funeral was held. 

The veteran cop was working in the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau on 9/11 when she traveled with several fellow officers by boat from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to the Downtown Manhattan site— arriving just as the World Trade Center buildings toppled. She spent the next 12 hours working in the toxic air, evacuating a pregnant woman and several other people back to Brooklyn by boat.

The seasoned detective never saw herself as a hero, said SPBMCC partner and 9/11 advocate Nicholas Papain

“She had a deep conviction to serve,” Papain said. “It was just a part of her…Every time she came to the office, she had a smile on her face, and you would forget how sick she was. She was always so positive, always optimistic.”

Questions About the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund? Contact SPBMCC Today.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) compensates  individuals (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who were present at the World Trade Center or the surrounding New York City Exposure Zone; the Pentagon crash site; and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site, at some point between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and who have since been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness. Compensation is also available to those who worked or volunteered in construction, clean-up, and debris removal; as well as people who lived, worked, or went to school in the exposure zone.

More than 22,000 individuals, including first responders, residents, students, and workers, have been diagnosed with cancer linked to 9/11-related exposure. Our firm has recovered more than $1.5 billion for its VCF clients. More than 300 of our clients have received awards of over $1 million, including some of the highest awards issued. Our experienced attorneys have a passion for ensuring 9/11 victims receive the compensation they deserve and we treat each and every client with care, respect and attention. Please visit our VCF website at for more information.

Contact an Attorney at SPBMCC to File a Claim

Please call us at (212) 732-9000 or email us at and we will assist you in registering with the VCF today. 

Read the full article in the NY Daily News here.

This article was originally published on Nov. 29, 2022. It was last updated on Jan. 12, 2023.

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