Legislation Honoring Local Fallen Hero Passes Ohio Senate
Senator Schiavoni's amendment added to S.B. 200
November 17, 2015
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COLUMBUS - Today, the Ohio Senate voted to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 200 from Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman). The amendment names a portion of State Route 7 in Mahoning County the "Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark Memorial Highway," in honor of a Boardman High school graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

“Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald Clark dedicated his career and life to keeping our nation safe,” said Senator Schiavoni. “By renaming this highway, we honor the efforts of a local hero and ensure that his memory lives on. I am happy for the family of Donald Clark that we can immortalize their son in this way.”

Donald Clark graduated from Boardman High School in 1989. He then served in the Navy until 1995 when he joined the Army. In 2008, Clark deployed to Iraq as part of the 6thSquadron, 17 Calvary Regiment, Task Force 49, U.S. Army Alaska, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. On November 15, 2008, Clark and Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Humphreys were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission over the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Senator Schiavoni originally introduced the highway renaming as Senate Bill 221. The Clark family released the following statement at that time:

“We want to thank Senator Schiavoni for introducing this bill in honor of our son. Donald was killed in Iraq on November 15, 2008. He was raised here in Boardman and spent many miles traveling up and down Market Street to school, band, and orchestra events before graduating in 1989. Donald was proud to serve his country as a helicopter pilot. To us and his sister Deana, he is our true American hero.”

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