Columbus – Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 352, a highway-naming bill to honor fallen heroes from across the state including Army Specialist Angel L. Lopez of Cleveland.  At the request of Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), the bill was amended to designate a portion of Interstate 71 within the corporation limits of Cleveland as the “Specialist Angel L. Lopez Memorial Highway.”
 
“Naming a highway after Specialist Lopez will be an appropriate and fitting tribute to this fallen American Hero and his family,” said Senator Skindell.  “He was an outstanding young man who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.”
 
Specialist Lopez, age 27, died on October 5, 2013 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by a group of enemy forces.  He was a wheeled-vehicle mechanic assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Knox.
 
Specialist Lopez was a graduate of John Marshall High School in Cleveland.  He was a husband to Maria and a father to his children Lydia and Antonio and stepson Isaiah Ramos.

 

 
 
 
  
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