Rep. Cole hears testimony on bill to honor fallen soldier

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House committee unanimously passes bill to name a section of U.S. 23‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’

 Testimony honoring fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson was heard today in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.”

State Rep. Triston Cole, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee took testimony on Senate Bill 34 today.

“I was moved by the testimony that Sgt. Joe Johnson’s mother, Teri, gave in remembrance of her son today, his legacy as a soldier, what he meant to her family and the world,” said Rep. Cole.

Sgt. Johnson was born in Flint and graduated from Carman-Ainsworth High School. In 2006, he joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan three years later. His life was tragically cut short in 2010, when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

“Some people never get to meet their heroes. I raised mine. Thank you for letting me share my son, my soldier, and my hero with you,” Teri Johnson said, during her testimony before the House committee.

“We moved to unanimously pass this legislation through committee to the floor in an expedited manner to show our sincere appreciation for those who serve our country, and so that Sgt. Johnson can be memorialized by the state of Michigan,” said Cole.

SB 34, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, will now advance to the House floor.

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