Blue Waves jersey retired in memory of Dashan Briggs

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The Riverhead High School Blue Waves retired Technical Sergeant Dashan Briggs’ No. 22 football jersey during an Oct. 13 ceremony in his honor. 

Tech. Sgt. Briggs was killed in a helicopter crash on March 15 while serving in Iraq. He was a 2007 graduate of Riverhead High School.   

During the somber ceremony, held on the high school football field, coaches took turns speaking fondly of Briggs. 

“When he smiled, the whole world smiled with him,” head football coach Lief Shey warmly remembered.  

Speaking to Briggs’ legacy, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez said, “His name will live on forever in Riverhead, and we will make sure no one will ever forget him.”

Highlighting the ceremony, the last two Riverhead High School jerseys bearing the number 22 were presented to Briggs’ wife, Rebecca. The district also unveiled a display of Briggs’ jersey, which will be permanently installed above the sports box on the football field.   

Briggs’ jersey is the only one to have ever been retired ceremoniously on the Riverhead football field. The high school has retired two other jerseys in the past – Derrick Robinson, No. 36, and Henry Franke, No. 50.