Columbus – State Senator Scott Oelslager announced that language naming memorial highways in Stark County in honor of First Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf and USMC Sgt. Daniel J. Patron was included as part of legislation passed by the Ohio Senate today. House Bill 325 creates numerous memorial highways and bridges throughout the state in recognition of the sacrifices made by Ohioans serving in the armed forces and in law enforcement.

“This legislation is dedicated to American heroes,” Oelslager said. “First Lt. White-Stumpf and Sgt. Patron were devoted in their service to the United States of America with a pride that will never be forgotten. I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to help recognize such extraordinary individuals.”

The First Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf Memorial Highway will be located along State Route 44 in Marlboro Township and runs directly by her family home. White-Stumpf was killed in Afghanistan in October 2011 when an improvised explosive device detonated.

The USMC Sgt. Daniel J. Patron Memorial Highway will be located along State Route 172 between Jackson Avenue and Perry Drive in Stark County. Patron was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 while trying to diffuse a roadside bomb.

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