WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) today introduced legislation to rename the United States Postal Service office on Tallmadge Road in Rootstown after a Portage County Marine killed in Iraq in November 2005. Sergeant Jeremy E. Murray, a native of Rootstown, was on his third tour of duty abroad. Murray's mother is a longtime employee of the Tallmadge Road facility.
"Sergeant Murray exemplified what it meant to be a Marine. A dedicated and committed member of our nation's Armed Forces, Sergeant Murray was serving his third tour in Iraq when he was tragically killed in the line of duty," said Brown. "We should honor and remember his legacy by naming the Tallmadge Road facility after him. In doing so, we can help ensure that this hometown hero will be remembered for generations to come."
"By introducing this legislation, we honor the memory of Jeremy Murray - a brave and talented soldier who dedicated his life to protecting this country and furthering the cause of freedom throughout the world," stated Ryan. "Sergeant Murray exemplified the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Though his time on earth was short, his impact was great. In dedicating the Rootstown Post Office, we show a measure of respect for Sergeant Murray, as well as the family and community that supported his outstanding service."
Sergeant Murray was awarded the Purple Heart, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and a Gold Star for heroic achievement in Iraq. He is survived by his wife Megan, his son Ian, and his parents, Pam and Harold Murray.