Bill Filed to Create "Heroes Way"

Bill Filed to Create "Heroes Way"
By: Christy Hendricks

Cape Girardeau Senator Jason Crowell filed a bill to create the Heroes Way Interstate Interchange Designation Program for service members killed in duty.
Crowell worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation to draft the bill.  He was first contacted by Ross Gartman, a former Missouri National Guard member and friend of Bradley J. Skelton who was killed by an explosion in Baghdad on Feb. 6, 2008.
Other southeast Missouri soldiers to be honored with the Heroes Way Interstate Interchange Designation Program include:
  • Staff Sergeant Charles R. Sanders, Jr. of Charleston: April 6, 2005
  • Sergeant Robert G. Davis of Jackson: August 18, 2005
  • Specialist Blake W. Hall of East Prairie: August 21, 2005
  • Corporal Jeremy R. Shank of Jackson: September 6, 2006
  • Sergeant Adam J. Kohlhass of Perryville: April 21, 2008
Those eligible for recognition must have been killed in action during active military duty in Afghanistan or Iraq on or after September 11, 2001 and must have the sponsorship of at least one member of the General Assembly.
After an application is approved, two signs will be erected in the North/South or East/West directions at the interstate interchange of the fallen soldier's hometown exit.