State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced that the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 291, legislation that would create the “Officer Anthony Dia Memorial Highway,” originally introduced as House bill 19, and the “Officer Brandon Stalker Memorial Highway,” originally introduced as House Bill 80.
“In just the past year, two Toledo police officers were tragically killed in the line of duty. As we approach the one year anniversary of Officer Anthony Dia’s death, I am thankful the House has recognized both Officer Dia’s and Officer Stalker’s courageous service to the City of Toledo and included their memorial highways in House Bill 291. Furthermore, passage of House Bill 291 commemorates over 20 other Ohioans, many of whom lost their lives in the line of duty or while on active service, and will benefit several organizations through the creation of new license plates,” said Rep. Sheehy.
“Officer Dia and Officer Stalker both tragically laid down their lives for our community having bravely served in the Toledo Police Department. Their sacrifice deserve to be remembered and it is my privilege to have sponsored the legislation to create the memorial highways,” said Rep. Sobecki. “Officer Dia and Stalker were killed within 7 months of each other, and their loss was felt through the City of Toledo. I am grateful for their service and dedication to protecting lives in our community.”
The “Officer Brandon Stalker Memorial Highway” will be designated between mile markers 4 and 5 of State Route 184. The “Officer Anthony Dia Memorial Highway” will be designated between mile markers 6 and 7 of State Route 184. These provisions were included in HB 291 as an omnibus amendment with several other road naming and license plate creation proposals.
HB 291 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.