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Ohio Senate passes memorial road bill for fallen soldier


The Ohio Senate passed a bill Wednesday to memorialize a portion of state Route 58 as the “Sgt. Louis Torres Memorial Highway” after a fallen Oberlin soldier.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, will move to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

Manning said she sponsored the bill to honor Torres for his service.

“I have had the honor of getting to know this distinguished young man — a fellow Ohioan — from the stories I have heard from his family,” she said. “His is the story of a true American hero.”

Torres died Aug. 22, 2012, at age 23 from wounds sustained 16 days earlier from a blast in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He grew up in Oberlin and attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School. There, he participated in football and took an interest in law enforcement and security.

While at JVS, Torres won an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., in February 2008 with the Presidential Classroom Forum after demonstrating his knowledge about politics and current events.

Torres later joined the Army, completing basic combat training and advanced individual training as an infantryman at Ford Benning, Ga., and in October 2008, he reported to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash., according to a news release from the Ohio Senate Majority Office.

While serving consecutive tours with the infantry, Torres served as rifleman, grenadier, team leader and squad leader in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Torres received the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for his service.

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