COLUMBUS— On Wednesday, a highway memorial initiative was passed in House Bill 347, sponsored by State Senator Jay Hottinger
(R-Newark), to designate a portion of U.S. Route 40 in the Village of Kirkersville in Licking County, as the “Kirkersville Chief Steven “Eric” DiSario Memorial Highway.”
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.
“The tragic death of Chief DiSario is still felt in Kirkersville and throughout Licking County,” said Hottinger. “Designating this highway, in his honor, will guarantee that this memory and sacrifice lives on.”
Chief Eric DiSario was 38 years old and is survived by his wife and six children.
House Bill 347 will now be sent to the Governor for signing.