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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Motorists travel under the bridge at exit 11 or the F.E. Everett Turnpike Wednesday, March 2, 2011. State Rep. Jeanine Notter of Merrimack, is proposing to name the bridge after fallen Merrimack Marine Timothy Gibson.




  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    State Rep. Jeanine Notter of Merrimack, is proposing to name the bridge at exit 11 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike after fallen Merrimack Marine Timothy Gibson.




  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Motorists travel under the bridge at exit 11 or the F.E. Everett Turnpike Wednesday, March 2, 2011. State Rep. Jeanine Notter of Merrimack, is proposing to name the bridge after fallen Merrimack Marine Timothy Gibson.




  • Staff file photo

    Timothy Gibson's funeral
  • Coutesy photo

    Fallen marine Timothy Gibson (right) of Merrimack is shown in this undated photo with his long-time friend and comrad Ronny Potter of Merrimack.
  • Timothy Gibson, shown in the Merrimack High School 1999-2000 yearbook.
  • Cpl. Timothy Gibson of Merrimack, N.H., is shown in an undated photo released by the family. Gibson was one of 31 U.S. servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2005, . (AP Photo/Courtesy of Family)
Friday, March 4, 2011

House OKs bill to name bridge for local Marine

CONCORD – A bill naming an F.E. Everett Turnpike bridge in honor of slain Marine Cpl. Timothy Gibson of Merrimack cleared the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Parents Tom and Elaine Gibson and other family members were in the gallery of Representatives Hall when the House unanimously approved the bridge-naming bill (HB 525) and honored Gibson with a moment of silence.

Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, sponsored the measure along with colleagues from the town’s state House and Senate delegation.

“Naming a bridge after Tim will remind all who travel that our country was attacked on 9/11, and thousands of men and women responded to that call,” Notter said.

The overpass bridge is at Exit 11 on the turnpike near the intersection with Continental Boulevard in the town.

Gibson, 23, was killed Jan. 26, 2005, when the helicopter he was riding in crashed near Rutbah, Iraq. The casualties included 29 Marines and one sailor.

Like most of the victims, Gibson was deployed from the Marine Corps base of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

At the time, the fatalties marked the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the war in Iraq began and was the largest aircraft crash in Iraq.

A 2000 graduate of Merrimack High School, Gibson played football and baseball and enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 2001.

Gibson was expecting to leave Iraq two weeks after the fatal accident occurred and was to be discharged in April. Gibson had told his family he thought about moving to upstate New York and training to become a state trooper once he left the service.

Kevin Landrigan can be reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com.