Lewis Street received the honorary designation last May. Its name was officially changed by the town board in April. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Lewis Street in Riverhead has been officially renamed “Dashan J. Briggs Way.”

The Riverhead Town Board last night unanimously approved a resolution changing the legal designation of the street.

Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs, a Riverhead native who grew up on Lewis Street, was killed March 15, 2018 when the military helicopter he was riding in went down in western Iraq. Briggs and the other six airmen aboard the HH-60 Pave Hawk perished. He was 30 years old and left behind a wife and two young children.

The town board last May gave Lewis Street the honorary name “Dashan J. Briggs Way.” The fallen airman’s family
subsequently asked the town board to officially and formally rename the street for Briggs.

The town wrote to residents on Lewis Street to notify them of its intention to officially rename the street and, receiving no objections, adopted the new name last night. Residents on the street will now need to change their legal addresses from Lewis Street to Dashan J. Briggs Way, officials said.

The resolution adopted last night requires the town highway superintendent to replace street signs to effectuate the change and requires the town clerk to notify the post office.

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.