Riverhead Town Police today announced road closings Saturday afternoon in Jamesport for ceremonies dedicating South Jamesport Avenue as Det. Brian Simonsen Way.

South Jamesport Avenue between Peconic Bay Boulevard and Main Road (NY Route 25) and Main Road between Washington Avenue and Manor Lane will be closed beginning at 12:45 p.m., police said. Expect delays in the area beginning at 12:30 p.m., police said.

The road dedication ceremony, to be held on the lawn of the George Young Community Center, on the corner of South Jamesport Avenue and Main Road, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Det. Brian Simonsen and his wife Leanne. Courtesy photo

NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of the department, was killed in the line of duty in Queens on Feb. 12, after responding to a call about an armed robbery in progress. He left behind his wife Leanne, his mother Linda and his grandfather Vernon Petersen.

Simonsen, 42, was a 1995 graduate of Riverhead High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He earned the nickname “Smiles” because of his smiling face and kind disposition.

He is interred in Jamesport Cemetery on South Jamesport Avenue.

Simonsen grew up on South Jamesport Avenue. The town board voted in April to honor his memory by naming the street in his honor.

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