The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved state Rep. Timmy Beson’s plan to rename a Bay County bridge in honor of Sgt. Kristopher Gould, who was killed in the line of duty in the U.S. Army.
House Bill 4700 will rename the M-13 bridge spanning Cheboyganing Creek in Portsmouth Township as the “Sergeant Kristopher J. Gould Memorial Bridge.” The bridge is near the Gould family home.
Gould’s military service began in 2003, when he enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard as a high school student. During his time in the guard, he was deployed with his unit to Iraq. In 2007, he joined the U.S. Army. He served in Afghanistan on two separate deployments. Gould was killed by a bomb in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan on February 27, 2011, at the age of 25.
“Sgt. Gould dedicated his life to serve others, and a decade ago, he gave his life in service to our country,” said Beson, of Bangor Township. “While nothing can truly express our immense admiration for his sacrifice, renaming the bridge near his childhood home will be a small token of our respect and gratitude. May Sgt. Gould’s memory live forever in our hearts.”
Gould’s family and friends have already raised funds to pay for signage marking the memorial bridge.
HB 4700 now advances to the entire Senate for consideration. It previously earned unanimous support in the House of Representatives.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s message touting Small Business Saturday doesn’t excuse her veto of his plan to protect small businesses from unnecessary and unconstitutional fines.
From left, state Rep. Annette Glenn of Midland, state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township, Chief Chris Coughlin of the Midland Fire Department, Chief Rob Glenn of the Bangor Township Fire Department and state Sen. Kevin Daley of Lum, meet in Bangor Township on Thursday, Nov. 18, to discuss local fire and emergency services.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said a newly released audit sheds light on a major error by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), which approved hundreds of thousands of claims under ineligible criteria.
State Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed his plan to help recovering businesses by waiving fines for corrected, first-time violations and by reimbursing fines assessed under unconstitutional orders:
“Once again, Gov. Whitmer has turned her back on small businesses.”