COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate moved legislation Tuesday naming 40 highways in the state in memory of military men and women, police officers and others killed in the line of duty.
The list included one Tallmadge man, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Daniel "Nate" Deyarmin, who was killed in August 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Substitute House Bill 325 names a section of Interstate 76, running from S.R. 91 to S.R. 532 in Summit County, after Deyarmin. The bill passed on a unanimous vote of 32-0 and heads back to the Ohio House for further consideration before being forwarded to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
"Once or twice a general assembly, we have this great honor to have a bill such as this where we take the opportunity to pay homage, pay honor to fallen military or law enforcement personnel...," said Sen. Tom Patton, a Republican from Cleveland who serves as chairman of the committee that considered the legislation. "This affects real lives, real families, and I would be very surprised if anyone in this chamber today did not have an individual on this list of folks who we are honoring for their sacrifices today."
Edie Deyarmin, Nate's mother, said she submitted the request about a year and a half ago to have a section of highway near Summit Racing named after her son. She said her husband and son, who loved working on cars together, were frequent customers there.
When she learned that the request was being considered, she said she was "pleasantly surprised."
"I'll just be proud when I drive on it," Edie Deyarmin said. "I'm sure it's going to be emotional sometimes. I'll feel the pride, but I feel that anyway."
Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline said he knows the Deyarmin family well.
"What (Nate Deyarmin) did for the country was the ultimate sacrifice, was a great thing to protect our country. I'm definitely in favor of naming it after him," he said.
Tallmadge Express reporter Holly Schoenstein contributed to this report. Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.