On Friday morning, Colorado lawmakers approved a measure to rename a ten mile stretch of Sante Fe, "Navy Seal Danny Phillip Dietz, Jr. Memorial Highway." The highway stretches from Interstate 25 south to C-470.
Dietz is a Navy Seal soldier from Littleton, was working on a recognisance mission in Afghanistan, in 2005, when Taliban troops surrounded his small group of four navy seals. Dietz was shot 16 times and continued fighting in order to save his brothers. Dietz died on the single worst day of American fatalities in the war in Afghanistan.
Dietz's family was also at the capitol Friday morning. They say the highway is not only about Danny, but every American soldier.
Tiffany Bitz is Dietz's sister. She said it is amazing to see the amount of support her brother has received.
"It really just, I think it helps to know that he's appreciated and remembered. That's the greatest thing that he's remembered and people are never forgetting the sacrifice that he made," Bitz said.
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