COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) testified in the Ohio House Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 431.

House Bill 431, which Hughes sponsored, would designate a portion of U.S. Route 33 in Central Ohio as the “Officer Thomas Hayes Memorial Highway.”

Officer Hayes passed away in 2011 from complications of a gunshot wound he sustained 31 years ago in the line of duty while checking on a reported disturbance at a convenience store in Clintonville. As a result of the incident, Officer Hayes was paralyzed from the waist down.

“Anyone who knew Officer Hayes will attest to his strength of character and devotion to serving his community,” said Rep. Hughes. “It is my hope that this legislation will commemorate his legacy.”

Also testifying in support of House Bill 431 were Dewey Stokes, former national Fraternal Order of Police President, and Father Kevin Lutz, both of whom knew Officer Hayes personally.

Officer Hayes served as a Columbus Police Officer from 1972 until the time of the shooting in 1979. Despite long-term health complications related to the shooting, Hayes continue to serve the city as a sketch artist.

House Bill 431 was unanimously passed out of committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor.


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