Resolution Honors Fallen Hero from Vermilion County
on Thursday, December 03, 2015
The legislation making the designation, HJR 99, was sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), and was approved unanimously on Wednesday. During his remarks about the resolution, Hays said he had recently met the Nichols family at a Veterans Day ceremony in Ridge Farm. “I told Sgt. Nichol’s father and his family that the House Resolution honoring him had been approved by a House Committee and would be coming to the House Floor for a vote.”
Nichols grew up in Chrisman and graduated from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. He died on December 1, 2009 when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. At the time of his death, Nichols had served for four years in the U.S. Army.
“HJR 99 provides much deserved recognition to a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” said Hays. “Through this highway designation, his memory will live on forever and will serve as a reminder for us all that we have brave men and women who deserve our gratitude and respect for their decision to protect our freedoms.”