Chula Vista streets dedicated for fallen US servicemembers
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city of Chula Vista is scheduled Friday to dedicate seven new streets named for local members of the military killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In attendance at the event commemorating the roadways in the Village 2 development in Otay Ranch, was 11-year-old Landon Martinez.
"He was a veteran and he did by a grenade with four other people," Martinez said of his father, Sergeant Michael Martinez. "Every time I see his picture I just think of him."
Landon was only 11-months old in the photo he looks at of him and his father. He now holds that photo close to his heart
I think of Michael everyday," Sgt. Martinez’ mother Arminda Martinez said. "I think of Michael everyday. It’s just something I have to live with and I have to learn how to live with that."
Martinez was among seven fallen war heroes from Chula Vista honored in Friday’s ceremony. The honorees are:
- Salem Bachar, a U.S. Marine corporal who died at the age of 20 in a 2006 battle in Fallujah, Iraq
- Michael Idanan, 21, a U.S. Army specialist killed in 2005 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee south of Mosul, Iraq
- Kristofferson Lorenzo, a 33-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant who died in 2011 when a device exploded in Kunar province, Afghanistan
- Michael Martinez, 24, a U.S. Army sergeant killed in combat in 2007 in Baghdad
- Joshua Mattero, a 29-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant who died in 2007 when a device he was trying to defuse exploded northeast of Baghdad
- Curtis Spivey, 25, a U.S. Army specialist who died in 2007 of wounds suffered in an explosion in Baghdad the previous year
- Charles Wyckoff Jr., 28, a sergeant with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division who was killed by gunfire while on patrol in Afghanistan
The seven streets will join over 85 roadways in Chula Vista named to honor the South Bay city’s veterans. In addition to each name, the street signs are red, white and blue with a flag and notation on each individual.
The naming stemmed from a partnership between the city and developer Baldwin & Sons.