One year after his death, the city of Brentwood paid tribute to police officer Destin Legieza by renaming a portion of Franklin Road in his honor.

City and state officials held a ceremony June 18 to rename the portion of Franklin Road from West Concord Road to Murray Lane to be the Officer Destin Legieza Memorial Highway. Legieza was killed in June 2020 after his vehicle was struck head-on by an impaired driver while he was on duty. The portion renamed is near where the accident occurred.

“In the early morning hours of June 18 one year ago exactly today, while serving and protecting all of us, Destin, doing with his duty with honor, his life was taken,” Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said during the event. “I hope as we go through this memorial that you’ll think of Destin, but I hope you’ll [also] think of all those who every day put their life on the line, that fine, thin blue line that protects us from chaos and keeps order in our society.”

Signs will be placed along Franklin Road in the coming weeks as crews continue work along the roadway. Additional signs with the new name were given to Legieza’s family members, including his wife, Heather.

The change was made in accordance with a recently-passed state law, Senate Bill 137, that allows for local municipalities to rename certain roads and bridges in honor of specified persons, which included Legieza.

“Destin would be so proud, and I’m sure he’s smiling down on us today as we pay tribute to him and his memory,” Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said. “I think it’s appropriate that today of all days we come together to unveil these sign that will forever mark a section of Franklin Road in memory and in honor of Destin Legieza."

The Brentwood Police Department also paid tribute to Legieza earlier this year at the April grand opening of its new headquarters building on Heritage Way. Legieza’s name was included on a memorial wall near the building entrance.