Ullom family testifies on Stamas memorial bill

Measure would designate ‘Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge’

LANSING, Mich. — The family of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom testified on Thursday in support of Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to permanently honor Ullom, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2011 while saving the life of a marine.

“Corpsman Aaron Ullom is an American hero who gave his life saving a fellow soldier in defense of our nation, our liberty and our way of life,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The people of Midland and the entire state are proud to call Aaron one of our own, and this measure is about expressing our appreciation for his service and sacrifice.”

Senate Bill 513 would designate the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the “Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge.”

“My hope is that people will go by the bridge, see his name, smile and be proud of him and his service,” said Debi Ullom, Aaron’s mother. “He would say that he doesn’t deserve this, but I believe that he earned this honor.”

Joining Debi in supporting Stamas’ bill during a Senate Transportation Committee meeting were Ullom’s father Kevin and step-brother Sean Bartley.

“America is strong today because of the courage and dedication of patriots like Aaron. Too often they make the ultimate sacrifice,” Stamas said. “This memorial bridge will stand as a permanent reminder of the life of a native son who never returned home.”

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