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. 
Featured Posts

Hottinger Announces Passage Of Legislation Honoring Fallen Kirkersville Police Chief


“The tragic deaths of Chief DiSario, Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz are still felt in Kirkersville and throughout Licking County," said Senator Hottinger. "I am thankful that today the Ohio Senate took a giant step towards permanently memorializing the sacrifice of Chief DiSario.”


Ohio Lawmakers Reach Consensus On Bill To Keep Newark Digital Academy Open


“The work of the Conference Committee on this bill, proves that the Ohio Senate and House are committed to finding a solution that keeps Newark Digital Academy open," said Hottinger.


Hottinger Honored For Support Of Ohio Children Services Agencies


COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) was named Legislator of the Year today in recognition of his continued support for the children served by Ohio's children services agencies during a special presentation at the Public Children Services Association of Ohio's annual conference. 


Hottinger Announces Funds For Local Law Enforcement, Connecting Overdose Survivors With Recovery Services


"Addiction destroys lives and wrecks families, which is why this investment to tackle the problem here in Tuscarawas County is so vitally important," said Hottinger. "For some, intervention by law enforcement and drug treatment professionals will mean the difference between death and recovery."