(WKBN) – Route 7 in Trumbull County may soon have a new name.
State Senator Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, introduced legislation to rename Route 7 to “Patrolman James A. Fredericka Memorial Highway.”
Fredericka died in May 1953 after crashing into a tree on Route 7. He was responding to an accident on April 30, 1953 when he lost control of his cruiser on wet pavement and crashed. He died eight days later at a Sharon hospital.
“Patrolman Fredericka was a son of Trumbull County who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his fellow Ohioans,” said Senator O’Brien. “It is fitting that we should memorialize his contributions by renaming, in his honor, the very highway that was under his watch.”
Fredericka was a WWII veteran and left behind his wife, two children and parents.
The bill memorializes the area near Fredericka’s final patrol, the north and southbound lanes of the Route 7 between state Routes 82 and 305.
The legislation will soon receive a number and be assigned to a Senate committee for hearings.