A Toms River street is now dedicated to the memory of fallen Navy Seal Denis Miranda.

Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher watches the unveiling of a sign dedicated to fallen Navy SEAL Denis Miranda (Ocean Signal)


Denis Miranda (Ocean Signal)

About 100 people gathered Saturday at the intersection of Bay Avenue and Linden Road for the dedication.

Miranda, a 2003 Toms River High School North graduate,  was killed nearly three years ago in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

Thomas Kelaher, mayor and former Lt. Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve led the ceremony, saying, "I hope this is the last time we have to do this." According to the Ocean Signal, the township has dedicated roads in memory of fallen Marines Vincent Frassetto and James M. Weiss.

Miranda was a lifeguard in the summer and a member of his high school swim team. Coach Brian Cerbone said his swimming abilities and his determination to succeed was what helped Miranda become a U.S.Navy SEAL team member. "They don't make kids like Denis anymore," Cerbone said. "He had compassion, determination and strength."

Since Miranda's passing, Cerbone has presented an award each year to members of his swim team who showed the same spirit as Miranda. This year, the award was given to Miranda's two brothers, Kevin, a U.S. Marine and Alan, a member of the U.S. Navy.