By AMY GAREIS    News-Herald Staff Writer

FREEPORT – Nearly 75 years ago, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper lost his life in the line of duty. Efforts are now underway to memorialize him by renaming a section of roadway in his honor.

State Sen. Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) recently announced that Senate Bill 311 was unanimously passed out of the Ohio Senate Chambers. The bill will rename a stretch of Ohio 800 near Freeport as the “Trooper George Conn Memorial Highway.”

“I am grateful that we were able to pass such meaningful legislation to honor the life and service of Trooper Conn,” Sen. Gentile stated. “His untimely passing is a significant part of Eastern Ohio and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s history.”

Patrolman George Conn was 28 years old and a member of the force for only two years when gunshots ended his life along the state route north of Freeport. That tragedy made him the first trooper killed on duty in the state patrol’s history, and today a local law enforcement officer and others will posthumously honor him by having a portion of the route known as the Trooper George Conn Memorial Highway. Tpr. Dave Decker, of the Wintersville Post of the OHP, began efforts around 2010 after researching Conn’s death.

The complete story is featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.