COLUMBUS— Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today announced the passage of House Bill 616, which was amended to include the contents of House Bill 376, sponsored by Rep. Clites, to designate the CPL Benjamin C. Dillon Memorial Highway at mile marker 44 on Interstate 76 in Portage County.


“Corporal Dillon was a valued member of our community and I am grateful to help honor his memory and legacy,” said Rep. Clites. “This mile marker can be seen from the Edinburg Baseball Fields, which Ben and his family helped to build, where the Benjamin Dillon Memorial Baseball Tournament is held every year. I look forward to this dedication to him that will mean so much to his family and our entire community.”


Corporal Dillon, who was born and raised in Edinburg in House District 75, was killed in action on October 7, 2007, while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Army Ranger at the age of 22. His list of awards is long and include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.


Every year, the Benjamin Dillon Memorial Baseball Tournament raises money for the Benjamin Dillon Memorial Scholarship that has awarded over forty thousand dollars to students at Southeast High School.


Amended House Bill 616 was passed out of the House and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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