Senate OKs Stamas bill to designate ‘Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge’

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to permanently honor U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2011 while saving the life of a marine.

“America is strong today because of the courage and dedication of patriots like Corpsman Aaron Ullom, who too often make the ultimate sacrifice,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Corpsman Ullom is an American hero who gave his life saving a fellow soldier. The people of Midland and the entire state are proud to call Aaron one of our own, and this memorial bridge will stand as a permanent reminder of the life of a native son who never returned home and 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.”

Ullom’s family expressed their support of Stamas’ bill during a Senate Transportation Committee meeting in October.

“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.”

SB 513 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.