Savannah, Ga. (WTGS) — Rick Murillo says he was awarded a purple heart after his military service, and was looking for a way to give back.
He decided to start honoring fallen soldiers with specialty parking spaces at various locations around his home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Since he trained at Hunter Army Airfield from 1999-2001, he wanted to add some spaces in Savannah.
“This is where my heart is, this is where I grew up. And I just wanted to do something for my brothers here," Murillo said.
Any veteran can park in these spaces. The three spaces at the Harley Davidson in Savannah each have the name of a local soldier who died protecting our country. Each parking space has a QR code which you can scan, and get all the information about each fallen soldier.
“It means a lot because the families are allowing me to honor their loved ones," he said.
Lisa Freeman is the mother of one of those soldiers. She says her son Matthew was killed in 2009 when he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
“He saved everyone else that day but he went down with a sniper’s bullet," she said.
It’s been nearly 10 years since he died but Lisa says it feels amazing to know Matthew's legacy will continue on
"It’s people like Harley Davidson that have helped to just keep us buoyed, keep us believing there was a purpose for all of what Matt did to keep us safe back home," she said.
The other men who received veteran parking spaces at Harley Davidson were Staff Sgt. Anthony Davis and Sgt. Alessandro Plutino.