Stamas bill to designate ‘Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge’ headed to the governor

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Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas to permanently honor U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed.

“Corpsman Ullom is an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The people of Midland and the entire state are proud to call Aaron one of our own,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “We are strong today because of the courage of patriots like Corpsman Aaron Ullom, who too often never return home.

“This memorial bridge will stand as a permanent honor of a native son who gave his life saving a fellow soldier and of our tremendous appreciation for his service and dedication.”

Senate Bill 513 would designate the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the “Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge” in recognition of Ullom, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2011 while saving the life of a wounded marine.

Ullom’s family expressed their support of Stamas’ bill during both Senate and House transportation committee hearings.

The bill has no fiscal impact on the state or local government. Under state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation can place markers indicating the name of a memorial bridge only “when sufficient private contributions are received to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining those markers.”