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Legislature honors U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CHERIE MCGINNIS - House Bill 3494 co-sponsor Bill Kennemer (from left) joined Ed Croft, co-sponsor Brent Barton and Croft's brother and Tyrone Woods mother, Cheryl Croft Bennett, at the capitol in Salem to celebrate the passage of the legislation.With the passage of legislation this week, a permanent roadside marker will honor U.S. Navy SEAL and Oregon City High School graduate Tyrone Woods, who died from his injuries on Sept. 12, after defending the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in the Sept, 11, 2012, terrorist attack.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CHERYL CROFT BENNETT - This family photo shows Tyrone Woods circa the year 2000.His sacrifice after gathering the nearly 30 diplomatic staff and escorting them to a “safe house” was honored in November during the seventh-annual Veterans Day Assembly: 'Woods' sacrifice honored at OCHS assembly,' Oct. 18.

House Bill 3494 passed unanimously on April 29 to place a memorial sign for Woods at Milepost 2 along Highway 213 in Oregon City. State representatives Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) and Bill Kennemer (R-Canby) co-sponsored the bill.

Ed Croft, the brother of Tyrone’s mother, Cheryl Croft Bennett, joined the representatives at the capitol in Salem to celebrate the passage of the legislation.

“She thought that her son’s actions were about doing the right thing at the right time,” Kennemer said. “Flowers wilt and die, but this roadside memorial will always be there to remind folks of his supreme sacrifice.”

As the bill heads to the Senate and governor’s office for finalization, the two local state representatives will be raising the $600 needed to erect the sign.