"Pudgie" Walsh, beloved in the community, was an FDNY Lieutenant who also founded the FDNY Bravest football team and served as longtime coach for the Brooklyn Mariners. As a coach, across teams, he won over 600 games. At the ceremony, the community celebrated his long life of service and community involvement, unveiling the new street sign at the intersection of E 36th street and Avenue P.
The ceremony included performances by the FDNY bagpipe band to open and close the proceedings. Council Member Williams and Assemblywomen Helene Weinstein addressed the group, as did representatives from the FDNY. Pudgie's children, Erin Levine and John Walsh, spoke warmly about their father before a crowd of community members who remembered his impact. Following the speakers, the
street sign for "Robert 'Pudgie' Walsh Way" was unveiled.
"Robert 'Pudgie' Way" is unveiled. (Photo Credit: Ernest Skinner)
Council Member Williams addresses the crowd (Photo Credit: Ernest Skinner)