On an overcast Saturday afternoon in October, longtime Riverhead High School football and track coach Sal Loverde held a microphone to share his memories of Dashan Briggs. It was in the hallways of Riverhead Middle School more than a decade earlier that Mr. Loverde first got to know Dashan as “a curious young man looking to build his knowledge.” READ
Dashan Briggs, the Riverhead native who died last week in a helicopter crash in Iraq, earned a posthumous promotion to the rank of technical sergeant, according to the New York Air National Guard. READ
From an early age, Dashan Briggs accepted the fact that anything he wanted in life had to be earned.
Instilled with a strong work ethic by his grandfather, Eli Briggs, who raised him from a baby, he grew up from humble beginnings with an eye toward achieving his goals one at a time. READ
To celebrate his 30th birthday, Dashan Briggs and his wife, Rebecca, planned a trip to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The couple share the same birthday: Dec. 28. READ
As the family of Riverhead native Dashan Briggs makes his funeral arrangements, community members are looking for ways to help his widow and their young children. READ
The Department of Defense released the names Saturday evening of the four New York Air National Guard members assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach who were killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. READ