Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced today that the Ohio House of Representatives, in a joint session along with the Ohio Senate, presented the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the family of US Army Specialist Justin R. Helton, a native of Beaver in Pike County.

The Medal of Distinction recognizes members of the armed forces who have died while serving their country. In June 2014, Helton was killed in Afghanistan during a firefight with Taliban insurgents. The son of Wendall and Sandra Helton, Justin had served in the Army since 2010 and was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was 25 years old.

“Army SPC Justin Helton is an example of the caliber of individual it takes to serve our country in uniform,” Rosenberger said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the Helton family and all of his loved ones. Justin was a kind, charismatic young man who represented Ohio and our country with integrity, humility and selflessness.

The Medal of Distinction was first created through Senate Bill 248 during the 127th General Assembly.  Along with Speaker Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and Col. Andrew Aquino, State Chaplain from the Ohio Army National Guard, offered remarks during the ceremony.

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