Courtesy: William R. Wilson III facebook page
ALBANY, NY-Lawmakers in Albany have renamed the I-990 in honor and memory of a Getzville soldier who gave his life for his country.
The interstate that runs through part of the Northtowns will now officially be known as the "Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway". The Senate passed the bill last month and the Assembly did the same on Monday.
Wilson, 27, was killed in action in Paktika Province in Afghanistan on March 26, 2012. Known as Billy to family and friends, the Williamsville North grad was there to train Afghan soldiers and police to take over the country's security. He also served two combat deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Wilson was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, as well as the Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Raymond Walter.
"Our family appreciates the support of Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Walter in honoring our son, Billy", said Wilson's parents, William and Kimberly. This means the world to his brothers, Jeremy and Wesley, and all of Billy's friends, family and brothers-in-arms."