HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer Solesbee gave his own life to save countless others -- and now a permanent reminder of his sacrifice will always be a part of Hill Air Force Base.
Assigned to Hill's 775th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal group, Solesbee died May 26, 2011, from wounds he suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device near the city of Shorabak, Afghanistan.
On Tuesday at Hill, base officials renamed a street after the Citrus Heights, Calif., native.
What was formerly called 12th Street, which is on the installation's south side and overlooks the Great Salt Lake, will now be forever known as Solesbee Street.
The street dedication was attended by Solesbee's father, Larry Solesbee; his mother, Sandra Parker, his sister, Trina Solesbee; his wife, Lilia Solesbee; and his stepfather, Louis Parker.
Solesbee's mother and father shared emotional reflections of their son's life and death at the ceremony.
Larry Solesbee said his son will live on through stories told and memories shared of him.
He said he wanted to hear any and all stories about his son, from the exciting to the mundane.
"There are likely to be tears (when sharing stories)," he said. "But let's think of that as a good thing, because we love Kris and we miss him."
Parker said there are three things that have kept her going in the difficult months since her son passed.
"First is the support of family friends," she said. "Second is knowing he loved his job. He took pride in his work and did it well. Third is knowing he was a Christian and he's in heaven."
Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Byers, the Air Force's civil engineer, said Solesbee's work was the most dangerous in all the Air Force.
Byers said that since 2001, there have been 20 deaths and more than 100 injuries of EOD members across the Air Force.
Hill currently has 46 EOD members, and 12 of them are currently deployed.
"They go out into harm's way day in and day out," he said. "They risk their lives every day to save others. That's just their way of doing business."
Hill EOD members Tech. Sgt. Timothy Weiner, Senior Airman Elizabeth Loncki and Senior Airman Daniel Miller -- who all died after their EOD team was targeted by a car bomber in Iraq in 2007 -- also have had streets named after them.
Most recently, a street was named after Special Agent Ryan Balmer, who was killed in 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Kirkuk, Iraq.