SALEM ROAD RENAMED IN HONOR OF FALLEN COMBAT MEDIC SERGEANT JAMES A. AYUBE JR.
Governor Patrick signs an act designating Bridge Street Bypass Road in the City of Salem as Sergeant James Ayube Memorial Drive, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)
BOSTON - Thursday, July 28, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick yesterday signed a ceremonial copy of S1875, "An Act Designating Bridge Street Bypass Road in the City of Salem as Sergeant James Ayube Memorial Drive." The road is being named in after Sergeant James A. Ayube Jr., a combat medic who was killed in action in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan on December 8, 2010. Governor Patrick originally signed the bill into law on June 3, 2011.
"With this renaming, we honor a young man who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Commonwealth, our country and our freedom," said Governor Patrick. "This is just a small measure of our gratitude for Sergeant Ayube's bravery, and the bravery of all of the men and women who risk their lives each day to ensure our safety."
A Boy Scout, Sergeant Ayube discovered a passion for helping others at a young age and was inspired to become a medic. His family and friends remember him as a happy-go-lucky man who always rooted for the underdog. Sergeant Ayube was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, and Combat Medical Badge. Sergeant Ayube was a graduate of Salem High School and received an associate's degree in sociology from Bunker Hill Community College. Sergeant Ayube is survived by his widow, Lauren; his parents James Sr. and Christina; his brother, Alex; and his sister, Ashleigh.
"In honoring Sgt. James Ayube Jr. with this stretch of road, we should all be reminded of the incredible sacrifice this young man made to serve and protect this country. This is just a small tribute for such a true hero," said Senator Frederick Berry.
"Today with the signing of this legislation we honor Sgt James Ayube II, for his ultimate sacrifice and courageous service to our country," said Representative John Keenan. "We also recognize the loss that the Ayube family continues to feel at home. Renaming the bridge is a fitting tribute for Salem's fallen son."
"By renaming this road for Sergeant James Ayube, Jr., we honor a valiant hero and beloved son of Salem. This is a small tribute to the ultimate sacrifice Sergeant Ayube and his family paid in defense of the freedoms we hold dear," said Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.
The City of Salem is planning a ceremony this fall to commemorate the official renaming of the road and to unveil the plaque being created which will designate the road Sergeant James Ayube Memorial Drive.