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Sam Strahan's mom speaks after highway is named in his honor

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FREEMAN, Wash. -

A vote to rename a section of Highway 27 after the student who was killed in the Freeman school shooting passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon.

"To sacrifice yourself for someone else is huge," said Ami Strahan, Sam's mother. "And I think for a 15-year-old to do that, I've never heard of that before."

The vote comes after a petition to rename the section of highway between milepost 69.8 and 82 reached more than 7,500 signatures online. 

Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheaded the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 through the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

"We wanted a way to remember for always what it really meant to be Freeman Strong," said DJ Brad Miller. "And Sam is the ultimate example of that."

The Washington State Transportation Commission took the vote Wednesday after the signatures were delivered to them. 

"I'm happy," said Strahan. "I think he'd be thrilled and I think his dad would be super proud."

Strahan and Miller agree that the pictures, flowers, and t-shirts remembering Sam will eventually fade, but the memory that is the 13.1 mile stretch of Highway 27 will be forever concrete.

"I want them to take away that there are good people in this world who do good things," said Strahan. "It would mean the world to him."

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