Washington Court House City Schools to name road after fallen Kirkersville Police Chief

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario

On May 18, Washington Court House City Schools will dedicate a campus road as “Steven Eric DiSario Way,” in honor of the fallen Kirkersville Chief of Police.

Chief DiSario, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty during a shooting May 12, 2017, is a 1997 graduate of Washington Senior High School.

“As the former D.A.R.E. Instructor for the Washington Court House City Schools, I had the honor of instructing Eric,” Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth recalled. “As a parent of Eric’s classmate, I had the privilege of Eric visiting my home on many occasions.

“Eric exemplified the values taught at Washington and carried those values into adulthood. Eric’s dedication led to his service as a police officer and to his ultimate sacrifice in his attempt to intercede in a violent situation."

The soon-to-be dedicated campus roadway begins at the main entrance of the Washington High School, Washington Middle School, and Washington Athletic Complex, and runs through the heart of the campus.

In addition to DiSario Way, two memorial scholarships have been dedicated in his honor. The Washington Court House Police Department and the Class of 1997 have prepared annual scholarships in Eric DiSario’s name, both of which will be presented at the ceremony.

Notable guests of the ceremony include DiSario’s mother Robin, wife Aryn, their six children, and approximately 10 to 15 other family members. Ohio Senator Bob Peterson, Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft, local first responders, government officials, and students will be in attendance as well.

In addition to the DiSario Way dedication, WCHCS will also honor the Washington Court House Police and Fire Departments, Fayette County Sheriff Department, and Fayette County EMS personnel.

“We want everyone who puts their life on the line for our safety and wellbeing to know that the Blue Lion Family appreciates your service and are truly thankful for all that you do to keep our community safe.”

Friday’s ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of Liberty Hall.
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