Barickman passes legislation to remember fallen soldier

Springfield – Travelers to Towanda on I-55 could soon be driving on the Sergeant Anthony R. Maddox Memorial Highway, thanks to legislation filed by to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and passed by the Illinois Senate.

“Sergeant Maddox made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life,” said Sen. Barickman. “My hope is that this memorial will allow his dedication and sacrifice to his fellow man to continue to inspire future generations.”

Sergeant Maddox died on July 22, 2013 from injuries received Andar, Afghanistan. Maddox was a graduate of Nederland High School and was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in Fort Drum New York and was serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Senate Joint Resolution 56 designates Interstate 55 between Exits 167 and 171 as the Sergeant Anthony R. Maddox Memorial Highway, and directs IDOT to install signage to show the name.

The legislation now heads to the House for consideration in that chamber.

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