Rep. Johnson memorializes fallen soldier during Sept. 11 ceremony

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State Rep. Steven Johnson today took part in the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 Memorial Service, honoring a soldier from Grand Rapids who died in the line of duty.

Johnson, of Wayland, read the name of U.S. Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, who died May 14 in a military vehicle accident in Hawaii.

“On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we honor those men and women who died in the line of duty as members of the military and first responders,” Johnson said. “We remember Sgt. Hinton as a dedicated public servant who served his nation to protect our rights and freedom.”

Johnson said Hinton, a Grand Rapids native, enlisted in 2009 and served tours deployed in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

“It is very fitting that we remember Michigan residents who put their lives on the line for their nation and their communities every day,” Johnson said.  We honor them on the anniversary of a day when first responders and military members rushed into danger to help people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”

Johnson invited Wayland Police Officer Mark Riemersma, Kentwood Fire Deputy Chief Gregg Ginebaugh and Kentwood Firefighter Mike DeMann to the House for the ceremony.