COLUMBUS— Today the Ohio General Assembly presented the family of fallen Reynoldsburg soldier Stephen Byus with the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction. State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) joined his colleagues in honoring the sacrifice Byus made.

"We can never repay the debt that we owe to this brave soldier and his family," said Hottinger. "Stephen Byus will always be remembered for his selfless service and his dedication to family, community, and country."

Navy Reserve Lieutenant Junior Grade Stephen Byus died in Kabul, Afghanistan as a result of a suicide bombing by the Taliban. After serving two tours in the Middle East as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, he voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan last year to work as civilian with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime (DLA). 

Byus is survived by his wife Valerie and their children Alexandra and Jacob, as well as his parents and siblings. 

Every year, the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives hold a joint legislative session to award the Medal of Distinction to the next-of-kin of fallen military service members. 
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