GETZVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Leaders will gather to remember the life of a hometown hero, who was killed in the line of duty. A portion of the 990 Expressway is being renamed “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway.”
Staff Sergeant William Wilson III was shot and killed in 2012. Authorities believe the man who killed the Getzville native was a member of the Afghan Police.
News 4 spoke to Bill Wilson, Staff Sergeant William Wilson III’s father. This will be a bittersweet day for his family. At 10:30 a.m. a ceremony will take place in memory of his 27-year-old son who was killed during his third combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. The ceremony will be under the 990 bridge on Sweet Home Road.
Governor Cuomo approved the bill to rename the portion of the roadway on July 3, 2013. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Ray Walter. Both will be at Monday morning’s ceremony.
Billy grew up in Getzville and the 990 runs through Getzville, so this means his memory will live on forever in his home town.
“Oh we're ecstatic,we're ecstatic just to keep Billys memory alive.” His father Bill said, “As kids they used to slide on the side of the 990, snowboard, they grew up there. We have lots of memories of him there, oh yes.”
Wilson says they were overwhelmed when they went to Albany for the Senate hearing to hear the proclamation about the highway being renamed, the whole family was there back then, and Monday morning his brothers, mother, dad and grandmother will be at the ceremony.
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