RANDOLPH – Senator George Borrello announced that bills he sponsored to rename bridges on Interstate 86 in honor of Randolph-area Vietnam War heroes Corporal William James Hillard II and Sergeant David Lockwood have been signed into law.
Corporal Hillard was killed in action in 1969 while Sergeant Lockwood passed in 2018.
“I’m humbled and incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to recognize the courage and sacrifice of Cpl. Hillard and Sgt. Lockwood. Cpl. Hillard made the ultimate sacrifice and Sgt. Lockwood persevered through tremendous hardships in defense of liberty and democracy. That’s a debt we can never repay,” Senator Borrello said. “These bridges will stand as a testament to their selflessness and courageous service to our country. I want to thank Gov. Cuomo for signing legislation making these designations permanent.”
The heroes both received numerous honors including the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals.
“These bridges will remind all who cross them that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans were made possible by people like Cpl. Hillard and Sgt. Lockwood,” says Borrello.