Hackett: Name street after Josh McDaniels

By Jane Beathard

April 8, 2014

Nearly three years after London High School graduate Josh McDaniels was killed fighting in Afghanistan, the city will consider naming a street in his memory.

On April 4, London City Council referred a request by state Rep. Bob Hackett to name a section of a state highway in the city for the young Marine. McDaniels was killed in June 2011.

City council voted in 2012 to name a bridge on Amherst Boulevard in McDaniels’ memory. However, that designation goes unmarked.

An effort by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers to name the London Post Office for McDaniels met with stiff criticism from Vietnam War veterans who said their fallen comrades failed to receive similar recognition. Stivers continues the push to name the post office, but admits facing significant difficulties, Hackett said.

Hackett said the state will pay for needed signage if council agrees to name a street. He noted McDaniels’ parents will drop their request to name the post office if a city street is memorialized for their son.

Council established a procedure in 2012 for honoring current and former residents by naming streets, parks and other city facilities in their memory.

The late Dorothea Reynolds was the first honoree. An extension of Keny Boulevard near London Middle School bears her name.

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