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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Cartright Leads Portrait Unveiling and Street Dedication in Memory of Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs

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Farmingville, NY - On December 18, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright joined the family and friends of Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs for the honorary street dedication ceremony at the corner of Bedford Avenue and King Street in Port Jefferson Station (second photo below). Tech Sgt. Briggs was killed with six other airmen when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in Western Iraq on March 15, 2018. He was assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, New York National Guard in Westhampton. Prior to the street dedication, a portrait unveiling ceremony (left) was held at the Boyle Road Elementary School. The portrait, painted by student Ava Pearl, was installed which will follow Jayden, and then Ava, in their careers in Comsewogue School District.

Earlier this year, Councilwoman Cartright presented to the Town’s Memorial Review Committee requesting the Honorary Street Name be added to King Street, Port Jefferson Station near the home of Tech. Sgt. Briggs’ widow, Rebecca, and two young children, Jayden and Ava. After approval by the Memorial Review Committee, Councilwoman Cartright presented a resolution to authorize the Honorary Street Name which was passed unanimously at the June 6, 2019 Town Board meeting. Councilwoman Cartright worked closely with family, New York National Guard, Comsewogue School District, and with the help of the Highway Department to organize this event.

Councilwoman Cartright said, “It was my pleasure to sponsor the resolution to dedicate the Honorary Street Name ‘Tech. Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs.’ We want this sign to serve as a reminder to the community of this tremendous loss, but also of how fortunate we are to have the Briggs family in our community and our responsibility and commitment to continue to support them as they move forward. We hope this will be a daily special recognition for Mrs. Briggs and for their young children that will keep their father’s memory and legacy alive in their hearts and minds.”

Councilwoman Cartright at Boyle Road Elementary School with students and teachers
Pictured above at left are Boyle Road Elementary School Principal Rod Pearl (left), County Legislator Kara Hahn (second from left), Tech. Sgt. Briggs’ wife Rebecca Briggs and children Ava and Jayden (center), Councilwoman Cartright (second from right) and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (right).

Councilwoman Cartright and community members at street dedication
Pictured above at right (front row, left to right) are County Legislator Kara Hahn, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, Sgt. Briggs’ wife Rebecca Briggs and children Ava and Jayden, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (third from right).

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