Bacon meets with family of fallen Columbus soldier Michael Donahue before Military Medal of Distinction ceremony

COLUMBUS— Today the Ohio General Assembly presented the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the family of fallen Columbus soldier Major Michael Donahue. State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) joined colleagues from the House and Senate at a joint legislative ceremony honoring the sacrifice of military members who lost their lives in the past year. 

"Major Donahue will forever live in our state's memory as a man of character who sacrificed everything he had for his country," said Bacon. "His optimism and perseverance inspired many, and we will always be indebted to him and his family who is here today."

41-year-old Donahue died in Kabul, Afghanistan, from wounds inflicted by enemy attack. He served as an operations support officer with C Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps. He served three combat tours of duty and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife Sherri and their children Victoria, Seamus and Bailey.

The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives hold an annual joint legislative session to remember the sacrifice of Ohio service members who lost their lives on the battlefield in the past year. By law, the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction is presented every year to the next of kin of a fallen service member. 

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