COLUMBUS - On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate unanimously approved legislation, sponsored by State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), to designate a portion of State Route 7 in Jefferson County as the “U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Yvonne Marie Fair Memorial Highway.”

"This legislation seeks to memorialize the life and bravery of Staff Sergeant Yvonne Fair, and to lift her up as an example worthy of emulation for future generations," said Hoagland. "Her life was taken much too young by melanoma and I am hoping this small act serves to keep her memory alive in this community for many years to come."

Yvonne Fair grew up in Mingo Junction, Ohio and was an integral member of her community, volunteering with local fire departments, teaching CPR classes at Belmont Technical School and serving as the Student Youth Advisor President for the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. She then joined the U.S. Air Force in January of 2007, as a Bio-environmental Specialist and served until she was medically retired in 2011 after being diagnosed with stage IV inoperable melanoma.

Although her health was failing, her patriotism was unending. Upon returning home, she was balancing cancer treatments and serving as a full-time firefighter and paramedic for Brilliant Fire Department and Neffs Fire Department. She lost her courageous four-year battle to melanoma in the Spring of 2015.

Senate Bill 78 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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