DeWine signs the naming section of the Highway 86 bill in honor of Master Sgt. Kyle McKee – News-Herald

Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law Bill 291 which designates a portion of State Route 86 in Leroy Township as “SSG Kyle R. McKee Memorial Highway”.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kyle R. McKee

On November 12, 2020, McKee and five other soldiers were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. He was 35 years old and left behind a wife and three children.

During his service, McKee received more than 20 military awards, including the Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to a press release.

The bill was co-sponsored by State Representatives Daniel P. Troy, D-Willowick, and Jamie Callendar, R-Concord Township.

“Staff Sergeant Kyle McKee is a hero who died protecting everything we hold dear as Americans,” Troy said in the statement. “Kyle made the ultimate sacrifice, and this legislation will be a memorial to his service and the loss to the McKee family and the Lake County community.”

McKee, a Leroy Township native and graduate of Riverside High School, enlisted in the military in 2002, between his junior and senior years of high school. After graduation, he entered full military service and became a UH-60 helicopter repairer, according to sponsor testimony submitted by Callender and Troy. McKee was sent around the world during his military service, deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea and Egypt.