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Bridge named after fallen soldier

May 31, 2004

Coffee County- Maxine Crockett says a day doesn't go by that she doesn't miss her late husband, Ricky.

"I'm kind of happy for him that he no longer has to suffer and I don't have to worry about him coming back because I know that he's in heaven with his mother right now," she says.

But now everyone who travels the portion of Highway 441 from Crockett's hometown of Broxton to Douglas will know his name.

"That bridge will remain the Ricky L. Crockett bridge from now on as a honest reminder, and an honor to him and his memory for his sacrifice to our country and our state," says State Representative Chuck Sims.

It was a bittersweet moment for family and friends as Sims read the proclamation that designated the bridge as the Ricky L. Crockett bridge.

"Now this will be a landmark for a lot of people who don't know a lot about Broxton," Crockett's widow says.

"This was a special time and it is Memorial Day and we should honor our fallen veterans," adds Sims.

His wife says she could feel her husband's presence as she walked across the bridge for the first time.

"Ricky's here. We always know that he's here even though he's not here in the flesh, but he's always here in our heart."

Like his family, travelers will remember his legacy as well as they travel the road to the place Staff Sergeant Ricky L. Crockett called home.

The 38 year old Army mechanic served with the 82nd Airborne. He was killed when a homemade bomb destroyed the truck he was driving in Baghdad.

Posted at 5:35 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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