Joe ‘Mr. Ambulance’ Magnus honored with street co-naming in Middle Village

Middle Village street co-naming
(Photo by Kevin Ryan)

On Saturday, Aug. 6, City Councilman Robert Holden honored Joseph Magnus, locally known as Joe “Mr. Ambulance” Magnus, with a street co-naming in Middle Village.

The street, located on the corner of 75th street and 58th Avenue, is now co-named “Joseph Magnus Way.” 

Magnus was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Roztoky, a town in what was then known as Czechoslovakia, and immigrated to the United States in 1952. 

Magnus was a founding member of the Middle Village Ambulance Corps for more than 40 years. He was also one of the first responders who helped people get to the hospital after 9/11. Magnus died at age 88 in March 2020. 

Holden was joined at the event by state Senator Joe Addabbo, former state Senator Serphin R. Maltese, the Middle Village Ambulance Corps, the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and various community and family members, including Magnus’ daughter, Tanya Magnus-Hoos. 

“Joe was a devoted community servant and I was glad to honor him,” Holden wrote in a Facebook post about the event.