COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed a bill to memorialize a portion of State Route 58 within Lorain County as the "Sgt. Louis Torres Memorial Highway” in honor of a local fallen soldier.  Torres was killed in the line of duty at the age of 23 on August 22, 2012 from wounds sustained from a blast in Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 6, 2012.
“I have had the honor of getting to know this distinguished young man – a fellow Ohioan – from the stories I have heard from his family,” Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) said. “His is the story of a true American hero.”
Louis Torres grew up in Lorain, Ohio where he attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin. There he was an active student, participating in football and taking an interest in law enforcement and security.  He traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2008 as part of the Presidential Classroom Forum. 
Torres completed basic combat training and advanced individual training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia and in October of 2008, Sgt. Torres reported to 3rd Brigade Com­bat Team, 2nd Infantry Divi­sion at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Sgt. Torres served proudly as a rifleman, grenadier, team leader, and squad leader while serving consecutive tours with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, both in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Among the many honors Sgt. Torres earned during his service in the U.S. Military, he received the Pur­ple Heart, the Army Com­men­da­tion Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clus­ter, and the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Unit Com­men­da­tion for his great service. Additionally, he com­pleted the War­rior Lead­ers Course and Com­bat­ives Level 1.
“It is my hope that upon seeing the sign for the ‘Sgt. Louis Torres Memorial Highway,’ we’ll all take the time to remember the selfless American who serve and have served on our behalf,” Manning added.
Senate Bill 209 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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