Hottinger Applauds Governor's Signing of Legislation to Honor Ohio's Fallen Heroes
COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger
(R-Newark) announced today that Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 347 into law. The bill included amendments proposed by Senator Hottinger to designate a portion of State Route 93 in Tuscarawas County as the “PFC Oscar F. Nicewander Memorial Highway,” a portion of State Route 520 in Holmes County as the “Cpl. Jerry Robert Spitler Memorial Highway,” and a portion of U.S. Route 40 in the Village of Kirkersville in Licking County as the “Kirkersville Chief Steven “Eric” DiSario Memorial Highway.”
PFC Oscar Nicewander and Cpl. Jerry Spitler both lost their lives during the Vietnam Conflict. Corporal Spitler was raised in Glenmont and tragically lost his life in the jungles of Vietnam on July 12, 1967. Private First Class Oscar Nicewander was from Dundee and also paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom on March 20, 1967 in Long An Provice, South Vietnam.
Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario was killed on May 12, 2017 after responding to a call of a man with a gun at the Pine Kirk Care Center, a nursing home in Licking County. The shooter also killed two nursing home employees, Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz, before taking his own life. Chief DiSario joined the Kirkersville Police Department only three weeks prior to the incident.
“This legislation will ensure that the memory and sacrifice of these heroes lives on,” said Hottinger. “They paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us at home and abroad and this small act is the least we can do to honor them.”