Staff Sergeant Dashan Briggs was killed on March 15, 2018 in a helicopter crash in Iraq while serving as a flight engineer with the New York Air National Guard.
He joined the Air National Guard in 2010 and was 30 years old when the H-60 Pave Hawk helicopter he was riding in crashed near the Syrian border, claiming the lives of all seven men aboard.
A 2007 graduate of Riverhead High School, Briggs was a star football player and member of the varsity lacrosse team. Staff Sgt. Briggs was a full-time member of the Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach. He served as an HH-60G special missions aviation flight engineer assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron.
He left behind a wife, Rebecca, and two very young children: Jayden, who was 2 at the time and Ava, who was just a year old.
Tunnel to Towers has paid off the Briggs family’s mortgage.