State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the unanimous passage of Senate Bill (SB) 86 through the Ohio House. The legislation contains a host of provisions meant to pay homage to noteworthy figures around the state, including several in House District 96. The bill also names specific days as awareness days and creates special license plates. 

“Bills like Senate Bill 86 allow us to pay homage to hometown heroes, many of which are veterans, peace officers or firefighters,” said Cera. “In many cases, they allow communities across the state to recognize local residents for their contributions and sacrifices in making our lives easier and better.”

Cera noted that David Rhoades, a Jefferson County Marine, gave his life in service of his country on March 16, 1967 in Vietnam. SB 86 names a section of State Route 164 as the ‘Private David Rhoades Memorial Highway’. The inspiration for the road naming came from Gary Griffith, Mayor of Private Rhoades’ hometown of Bergholz. The Private David Rhoades Memorial Highway will consist of the entirety of State Route 164 within the municipal corporation of Bergholz.

In Monroe County, the bill names a portion of State Route 78 the ‘Sgt. Herman Zerger Highway’. Zerger, an Army Platoon Sergeant during World War II, served on the front lines of combat in Italy and France. He endured nearly 100 days as a POW during the war.

“I am especially happy to recognize my good friend, Herman Zerger for his service. Zerg has been an inspiration to many individuals throughout Monroe County and southeastern Ohio. He has been an active political leader for over for 70 years and an advocate for making Monroe County a great place to live and a raise a family,” said Cera. The portion of State Route 78, between the Monroe-Noble County line and the intersection of State Route 26 will be known as the Sgt. Herman Zerger Highway.

In addition to the road naming measures, SB 86 designates the first Saturday of May as “Veterans Suicide Awareness Day” and designates John Glenn’s childhood home in New Concord, Ohio as the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site.  

Senate Bill 86, which recognizes 41 other special designations, license plates and road/bridge namings, now goes to Governor Kasich for consideration. The measure will take effect 90 days after receiving the Governor’s signature.


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