State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Chris Redfern, who both represent Ottawa County, have sponsored legislation naming a portion of State Route 51 in Ottawa County after Clay Township officer William J. Hetrick. House Bill 19 received final passage in the Senate Wednesday and is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor John Kasich.
Officer Hetrick was killed in an automobile accident while on duty in July of 2000. Gardner and Redfern were asked by Clay Township police Chief Terry Mitchell to honor the fallen officer.
The William J. Hetrick Memorial Highway on State Route 51 will commence at the intersection of Witty Road and proceed in a northwesterly direction to the State Route 795 intersection. Highway signs will be erected by the Ohio Department of Transportation in honor of Officer Hetrick.