NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and state Rep. Womick (R-Rockvale), naming the National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro the 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert National Guard Armory.
Senate Bill 2159 is co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis) and Eric Stewart (D-Belvidere) and Reps. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas), Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), Barrett Rich (R-Hickory Withe) and Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga).
“Lt. Emmert was a shining example of courage and the volunteer spirit for which our state is known,” Ketron said. “His name will forever be associated with this armory as new generations of Tennessee soldiers will know the sacrifices he made for freedom.”
Emmert was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 24, 2009 while serving his country in Mosul, Iraq.
He was assigned to the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, in the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Emmert was a cum laude graduate of MTSU and a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a counter intelligence agent during tours of duty in Korea, Germany and Cuba.
He was also a Tennessee State Trooper in Lincoln County and a member of former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s security detail before joining the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division.
“This is a very deserved recognition,” Womick said. “Lt. Emmert’s remarkable service for this state and nation was proven in every job he undertook. I am very proud to sponsor this bill recognizing the ultimate sacrifice he made for this nation.”
Emmert is survived by his parents, Bill and Brenda Emmert. The Armory is located at 2350 Armory Drive in Murfreesboro.