Boccieri Bill To Honor Fallen Poland Officers Passes Committee
Current officer visited Columbus to testify on the bill
December 01, 2017
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 294, his bill to honor two fallen Poland police officers, passed unanimously out of the House Transportation Committee this week. HB 294 would rename portions of U.S. Route 224 and State Route 170 after Patrolmen Charles K. Yates and Richard E. Becker, respectively. 

“I am glad to see that we are on our way to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty,” Boccieri said. “We cannot thank our first responders enough for the sacrifices they make every day. By memorializing these brave men, we posthumously recognize Patrolmen Yates’ and Becker’s dedication to public service and commitment to serve and protect our community.”

Officer J. R. Jackson from the Poland Police Department approached Rep. Boccieri about creating memorial highways for the two patrolmen earlier this year. Jackson and his wife drove to Columbus to testify in support of the bill.

Patrolman Yates was only 59 years old when he passed in March 1984 after an altercation with a suspect. Patrolman Becker was shot while performing rounds on State Route 170 in November 1983. They had served the department for six and four years, respectively, with Becker being only 36 years old at the time of his passing.

HB 294 now awaits a vote in front of the full House. 

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