Senator Coley (second from left) watches as the Governor signs legislation honoring fallen soldiers.
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Governor Kasich today signed Amended Substitute Senate Bill 245, jointly sponsored by State Senators Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township) and Bill Seitz (R–Cincinnati), which honors local fallen heroes through the designation of area highways in their names.
 
“These men dedicated their lives to serving our great nation,” said Coley. “Although the designations do not make the pain go away for those who loved them, it can be a reminder of their selfless sacrifice.  I encourage friends, family, and colleagues who knew these young men to tell your stories of them to younger generations so they may know what a true hero looks like.”
 
“This is just one small token we offer on Ohio’s behalf as a memorial to our fallen soldiers and a special memorial for the family and friends they’ve left behind.  I’m glad the bill was amended to include designation of part of SR 264 to include the Elder High School Purple Panther heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam,” added Seitz.
 
Included in the highway designations are the following:

  • State Route 122 in within Warren County will be named the “Capt. Bartt D. Owens Memorial Highway.” Capt. Owens, of Middletown, Ohio, attended Franklin High School.  He died at the age of 31 during a MH-47E crash on February 22, 2002 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
     
  • A portion of Interstate 71 within Hamilton County will be named the “Spc. Donald S. “Scott” Morrison Memorial Highway.” Spc. Morrison, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died at the age of 23 from wounds he incurred when his military vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device in Frontenac, Afghanistan. He died on September 26, 2010 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
     
  • A portion of Tylersville Road in both Butler and Warren Counties will be named the “Spc. Michael B. Cook Jr. Memorial Highway.” Spc. Cook, of Middletown, Ohio, died at the age of 27 from wounds he incurred when his unit was attacked in Baghdad, Iraq. He died on June 6, 2011 while serving during Operation New Dawn.
     
  • A portion of both South and North Fair Avenue within the City of Hamilton, Butler County will be known as the “Sgt. Charles J. Webb Memorial Highway.” Sgt. Webb, of Hamilton, Ohio, died at the age of 22 from wounds he sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated in Baghdad, Iraq. He died on November 3, 2004 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     
  • In addition, the House of Representatives designated a portion of State Route 264 in the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County the “Elder High School Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Highway.”
 
 
 
  
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