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New Sign Designates Ramsey Section Of Route 17 To Hometown Hero

A section of Route 17 in Ramsey has been dedicated the Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway.
A section of Route 17 in Ramsey has been dedicated the Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway. Photo Credit: Greenberetfoundation.org / Facebook: Holly Schepisi

RAMSEY, N.J. – A sign dedicating a portion of Route 17 in Ramsey as the “Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway” was erected this week.

McGill, an Army Staff Sergeant and 2001 Ramsey High School graduate, was just 30 when he was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan, near the border of Pakistan, in 2013.

State Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Robert Auth, and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi sponsored legislation to designate the stretch of roadway – from milepost 22.56 to milepost 24.35 -- in McGill’s honor.

“We thought this was a little small token of what we could do to ensure that the people of Ramsey never forget him,” Schepisi said in June, when the sign was dedicated.

McGill entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001, and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. In 2008, he joined the Rhode Island National Guard, and then became a member of the Army Elite Special Forces. He earned 28 valor awards including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

McGill was also a volunteer fire fighter in the borough, and between deployments worked for the public works department.

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