COLUMBUS – State Reps. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) and Daniel P. Troy (D-Willowick) announce the Ohio House of Representatives’ approval of Sub. House Bill 291, a bill including several road-naming bills. Sub. H.B. 291 includes Callender’s and Troy’s designation of a portion of State Route 86 passing through Leroy Township as the “SSG Kyle R. McKee Memorial Highway.”
“I’m pleased to see this legislation advance as it honors Kyle’s memory and the loss suffered by the McKee family,” Callender said. “Our servicemen and servicewomen pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms and liberties, and the very least we can do is to memorialize their bravery.”
“Designating this portion of State Route 86 in remembrance of SSG. McKee is a fitting recognition,” Troy said. “Preserving the memory of Kyle’s sacrifice will help the citizens of Leroy Township and eastern Lake County remember and honor this local hero.”
Staff Sgt. McKee, a Leroy Township-native, graduated from Riverside High School in Painesville, before entering the military in 2003. He became a UH-60 Helicopter Repairer and deployed to serve in countries, including Egypt, Iraq, and South Korea.
McKee received numerous awards and decorations for his service: four Army Achievement Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Air Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Assault Badge. the Combat Action Badge, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Senior Aircrew Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Sub. House Bill 291 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.