Senate District 20
Tim Schaffer
Senate Passes Schaffer Bill Honoring Fallen Marine
March 30, 2022

COLUMBUS—The Ohio Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 289, sponsored by State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), which will name the portion of Interstate 70 in Fairfield County as the “Corporal Dustin A. Derga Memorial Highway”

"This legislation was brought to me by Nick Garver, a friend of Cpl. Derga, as a way to honor and enshrine his service to his community and country," Schaffer said. "This is a small but important way to commemorate his service and sacrifice."

Corporal Derga served as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve Unit Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment, 4th Marines Division. He was a 1999 graduate of Pickerington High School and served his community as volunteer fire fighter for Basil Joint Fire District in Fairfield County before being deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Corporal Derga was killed in action on May 8, 2005 while fighting enemy insurgents in Urbaydi, Iraq. He was one of 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman from Lima Company who gave their lives during their Iraq deployment in 2005.

Senate Bill 289 will now be sent to the Ohio House for further consideration.
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