Roadway will be named for fallen Stow soldier Army 2nd Lt. David Rylander

by MARC KOVAC | CAPITAL BUREAU CHIEF Published:

Columbus -- The Ohio Senate moved legislation Jan. 22 to name a section of roadway in the community of Stow in memory of a local man killed while serving in Afghanistan two years ago.

Senate Bill 222 was offered by Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley) to honor Army 2nd Lt. David Rylander, a Stow man who was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Logar province of Afghanistan in May 2012.

LaRose called Rylander "truly an outstanding man."

Second Lt. Rylander was 23 years old when he was killed when his unit came under attack while on a mission in Afghanistan on May 2, 2012. He graduated in May 2011 from U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's degree in engineering management. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 777 in Hudson, an accomplished pianist and avid swimmer. He was a member of Victory Life Church in Stow, and was buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman with full military honors.

SB 222 calls for a section of state Route 8 from Graham to Seasons roads to be designated the "Second Lieutenant David E. Rylander Memorial Highway."

The Ohio Department of Transportation would install signs notifying drivers of the naming.

"Lieutenant Rylander showed amazing courage and character during his time in Afghanistan, consistent with the leadership potential and sense of service he demonstrated as a young man growing up in Summit County" said LaRose in a news release. "I hope this designation stands as a memorial for those who knew and loved him and as a reminder for us all of the bravery he demonstrated and the sacrifice he made on our behalf."

SB 222 passed the Senate on a unanimous vote of 32-0, and the legislation heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

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