Fallen soldier honored with highway naming

Highway named in honor of Pfc. Jeffrey Rice. (WDTN Photo)
Highway named in honor of Pfc. Jeffrey Rice. (WDTN Photo)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A 2007 Troy High School graduate killed in Afghanistan was honored Monday with a stretch of highway named after him.

A section of State Route 55 from the Village of Casstown to just east of Troy is now named the Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice Memorial Highway.

Rice was a combat engineer whose job was to search for IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.  He was 24-years-old when he died in Kandahar in 2012.

His mother, Sandy Wheelock, was there to accept the honor on her son’s behalf.  She says the honor is bittersweet.

 

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