FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kellyn Harrison, Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 8, 2022) — A road renaming proposal in memory of Jacob T. McClanahan was presented to the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation Wednesday, Sept. 7, said State Sen. Gary Byrne (R-Byrneville).
Requested on behalf of the community and Harrison County Council and Commissioners, the proposal asks for a stretch of State Road 135 to be named after McClanahan. The stretch will begin at School Lane and span north towards Palmyra.
Born and raised in Corydon, McClanahan worked for the Harrison County Highway Department and served as a volunteer firefighter for Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, Leavenworth Volunteer Fire Department and New Middletown Volunteer Fire Department.
McClanahan was assisting a Palmyra police officer with a stranded motorist and tragically passed after being senselessly shot by the motorist.
"I had the honor of speaking with Jacob's family and many others. I will never forget their emphasis on the selflessness he showed to his community," Byrne said. "Between the continuous support we are receiving for this proposal and the many benefits hosted by the local community, it is apparent that Jacob's service ran deep and was well valued. I look forward to spearheading this proposal until the stretch of State Road 135 is renamed."
The proposal will now be drafted as a resolution for further consideration during the 2023 legislative session.
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