Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, appeared Tuesday before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with Aaron D. Ullom’s parents, Kevin and Debi Ullom, and his brother, Sean Bartley, to support Senate Bill 513.
The legislation designates the U.S. 10 bridge over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the “Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge.”
“This bridge will forever memorialize Aaron, a son of Midland, for his service to our country and his heroic action to aid a fellow soldier while under enemy fire,” said Glenn, a member of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “Sen. Stamas and I both served our country in uniform, and we know the people of Midland will join us in honoring the sacrifice made by Corpsman Ullom and his family.”
Kevin Ullom speaks to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From left, Sen. Jim Stamas, Rep. Gary Glenn, Debi Ullom, Aaron's mother, and Sean Bartley, his brother.
Ullom, a 2009 Midland High School graduate, was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy when on July 12, 2011 he was killed by enemy gunfire while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after leaving his small ditch to apply a tourniquet to a wounded Marine. For his actions, Corpsman Ullom was awarded the Purple Heart.
“America is strong today because of patriots like Aaron,” Stamas said. “The people of Midland and the entire state are proud to call Aaron one of our own, and this memorial bridge would stand as a permanent reminder of the life of a native son who never returned home.”
The Michigan Memorial Highway Act of 2001 allows for naming bridges and highways within the state to memorialize people or events of significance. The act requires that the cost of constructing, erecting and maintaining the sign and other costs associated with the designation be borne by the individuals or organization requesting the designation.
The House committee unanimously approved SB 513, with bipartisan support, for consideration by the full House.