COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed 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.
“Across the nation, communities just like ours have lost their local heroes too soon,” said Coley. “These designations don’t make those losses any easier, but it serves as a long-term reminder of their service and sacrifice.  I encourage anyone who knew these young men to go to the internet and post your stories so that our kids have heroes to look up to as role models.”
“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,” 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. 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.

Senate Bill 245 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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