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Highway to be named for fallen Marine

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A portion of Bridgetown Road in western Hamilton County will be named Saturday in honor of a local Marine who died in Iraq nearly eight years ago.

The dedication of the Sgt. David Kreuter Memorial Highway will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Miami Township Community Center on Shady Lane at Bridgetown Road.

Kreuter, a 1997 graduate of Saint Xavier High School and the Three Rivers School District, was one of 14 members of the Marine Corps Reserve's Lima Company killed in a bomb blast in August 2005.

He joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1998; and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in criminal justice before his Marine battalion was deployed to Iraq.

The portion of Bridgetown Road, also known as State Route 264, to be named for the fallen Marine, runs from the boundary of Cleves into Green Township to South Road. The naming of the highway was authorized by the Ohio General Assembly.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.