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Colorado House gives unanimous approval to bill renaming US 24 in honor of fallen soldier

Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 08:56:47-05

DENVER, Colorado — Colorado lawmakers on Friday honored a local Gold Star Family. Members of the House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to a joint resolution to rename a portion of US Highway 24 in Falcon in honor of fallen Green Beret Sergeant Major James Sartor.

A native of Teague, Texas, Sartor enlisted in the Army in 2001 and more recently lived with his family in Falcon.

He was deployed to Afghanistan with Alpha Company, 2nd Batallion of the 10th Special Forces Group last Feburary. On July 13, was killed in gun battle with enemy insurgents in Faryab Provence.

The bill renaming the highway is sponsored by El Paso County lawmakers Senator Paul Lundeen and Representative Tim Geitner.

"This stretch of highway will be a reminder daily to the many who drive this route that the sacrifices of our military are real," Lundeen told his colleagues after the bill was read.

Geitner, who represents Falcon in the General Assembly, choked up as he thanked the Sartor family for their sacrifice.

"Deanna, Garrett, Grace, Stryder; this resolution is a small gesture for sacrifice we as Americans can never repay," he said.

After the vote, several lawmakers met with the Sartor family to shake hands and offer condolences. Geitner and Lundeen also presented them with Colorado flags.