Road dedicated to fallen hero

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - First, they lined the streets showing their support for their fallen hero, now they're naming a road after him.

Wednesday Bryan County unveiled the Captain Matthew Freeman Drive.

"It's a great honor, but we all miss our son tremendously," said Captain Freeman's father, Gary Freeman.

"It's hard to see it in writing and believe that it's real, but very proud, very honored," said Captain Freeman's wife, Theresa Freeman.  "This was our hometown, both of us wanted to come back home one day, and so it's nice to feel like he'll always be here."

Captain Freeman was killed in Afghanistan back in August.  His death rocked his hometown of Richmond Hill. The day they brought his body home, people lined the streets to pay their respects. Those who knew the Richmond Hill high school graduate, filled the church for his funeral. Now, the community has come out once again, dedicating a road in his memory.

"This is a community that really wanted to honor him in a way that memorializes it and kept it in front of everybody," said Bryan County Chairman, Jimmy Burnsed.

Something Gary Freeman says he really appreciates.  "We're really proud that the county and the community took the time, and the effort, and all these people showed up to honor Matthew. He would have been very, very proud," said Gary Freeman.

Captain Matthew Freeman Drive is located where the new county administrative offices are being built, right outside of Richmond Hill.

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