HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — During a Hoover City Hall meeting, the Gilotti family was presented with an honorary resolution by City Councilman Casey Middlebrooks.
Last May, the state legislature passed a resolution to rename a Hoover bridge in honor of Mike Gilotti, an Iraq War veteran, husband, and father.
Gilotti was killed during a robbery outside of his home in Hoover’s Lake Cyrus neighborhood. Now, three years later, the city, state, and family have come together to recognize the legacy he leaves behind.
“Just to know that Mike has a bridge with his name on it, this will be where we spread his ashes, it’s going to be nothing but positive,” said Heather Gilotti, Mike’s wife.
Councilman Middlebrooks made this project happen by coordinating with state lawmakers to get the resolution passed.
“Man. I’m just glad the city could help provide a little bit of closure for them,” said Middlebrooks. “The naming of the bridge is going to mean so much to the community of Lake Cyrus right there.”
Gilotti’s wife said the bridge holds symbolic meaning to her family.
“A bridge, to me, symbolizes progress. Every time you have a bridge, you’re overcoming some sort of obstacle.”
Heather Gilotti announced the family will be scattering Mike’s ashes at the bridge dedicated in his honor. They will hold a private ceremony in the near future.