Stamford officials on Friday dedicated a portion of Washington Boulevard in memory of Stamford native U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Brian Robert Bill.
Bill gave his life in a Chinook helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, that also took the lives of 30 other Navy SEALs. The mission was a nighttime operative in the Wardak Province, and Bill's chopper went down after coming under enemy fire.
The stretch of Washington Boulevard the reaches from Tresser Boulevard, out front of the Stamford Government Center, to Broad Street. Stamford officials called the naming of Washington Boulevard after Bill "the city's first permanent tribute to one of its finest sons."
A permanent memorial dedicated to Bill and all others who have lost their lives in the War on Terror is in the planning stages for Veteran's Park.
Bill, born on August 23, 1979, in Stamford, was the son of Dr. Michael and Patricia Parry of Stamford and Scott Bill of Sarasota, Florida. Brian attended Trinity Catholic High School and graduated in 1997, going on to Norwich University before joining the SEALs.