Wynnewood bridge gets new name after fallen Oklahoma soldier

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WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (KXII) - An Oklahoma hero got a dedication from his hometown at the Washita River Bridge in Wynnewood.

The family of a fallen Oklahoma soldier and community members came together Wednesday afternoon to celebrate and honor the life of Army Sergeant Major Christopher Nelms.

"Chris was superman,” said Dennis Nelms, Christopher's brother and organizer of the bridge dedication.

Over 50 people showed up to see the new name officially on display — The Sergeant Major Christopher Nelms Memorial Bridge.

"I'm really happy with the number of people that came out,” said Stephanie Nelms, Christopher's wife who flew in from North Carolina.

The U.S. Army Special Operation command says the 46-year-old died in a free falling training accident last year when his parachute failed to fully open.

Special Operation Command said Nelms was part of an elite group known as Delta Force and also served with the Army Rangers and the Airborne division.

He was about the reach 20 years with the Army when died in Summer 2018.

"We just thank you for the opportunity to have him in our lives,” said Dennis while praying at the beginning at the ceremony.

Dennis Nelms said a lot of things were not shared because of Chris’ time with special operations, but say the things his brother accomplished were something out of a Tom Clancy Novel.

"Chris did those things without the fear of having to worry about another life and yet still accomplish those things that you see in a video game,” said Dennis.

Stephanie said her family is powering forward — just like what her husband did everyday.

"This isn't our first Thanksgiving without him, last year was the first. But we'll spend it with his family his brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and just enjoy it. It's actually really comforting,” said Stephanie Nelms.