Senator Schiavoni Applauds Passage Of Senate Bill 182
Legislation designates portion of State route 7 in honor of local fallen soldier

Today, a bill from Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) to name a portion of State Route 7 in Mahoning County the "Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark Memorial Highway" received final approval from the legislature. The legislation was originally introduced as Senate Bill 221, but passed as part of a comprehensive road naming bill in Senate Bill 182. It will rename State Route 7 in Boardman south of the Route 224 intersection in honor of a Boardman High school graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

“Today’s vote is an important step by the legislature to honor the sacrifice this young man and his family made for our nation,” said Senator Schiavoni. “I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to sponsor this measure to help pay a small but worthy tribute to Donald’s legacy of selfless service.”

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 6th Squadron, 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. 

The Clark family released the following statement after the introduction of the original bill:

“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.”

The Senate’s unanimous vote in support of the measure is the final legislative step necessary for the highway’s designation. It will now be sent to Governor Kasich to be signed into law.

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