Bridge to be renamed for Null

PARKERSBURG – A ceremony will be held today to rename a local bridge for a local soldier who died in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. to rename the DuPont Road Bridge, which carries West Virginia 68 over U.S. 50 on Corridor D, as the “Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null Memorial Bridge.”

The Null family will hold a ceremony to mark the bridge renaming.

Nicholas Heath Null, a native of Wood County, died during Operation Enduring Freedom on Aug 6, 2011, when the helicopter he was in was fired upon.

During the 2013 regular legislative session, the House of Delegates adopted House Concurrent Resolution 62 to rename the bridge.

Alan Litman, Null’s stepfather, said a number of state and local officials have been invited to participate, as well as the Patriot Guard.

Null was an EOD/Naval Special Warfare Development Group member whose helicopter was transporting his team on a mission when it was shot down by Taliban soldiers with a rocket-propelled grenade. Null was killed along with 38 other military personnel, including 22 SEALS from SEAL Team 6 and one service dog, reports said.

Through his service, Null was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor; two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Valor; three Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, one with Valor; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; two Iraq Campaign Medals; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; the Rifle Marksmanship Medal; the Pistol Marksmanship Medal; the Bronze Star Medal with Valor; and the Purple Heart.

“Whereas, it is fitting and proper that Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null be remembered and acknowledged for his courageous service and supreme sacrifice,” the resolution said.