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House approves Rep Barretts plan to honor fallen Staff Sgt Duane J

first_img Categories: Barrett News Legislation renames portion of M-5 in NoviThe Michigan House this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett to rename a portion of M-5 in the city of Novi as the Staff Sgt. Duane J. Dreasky Memorial Highway.Barrett said the signs will be displayed between the intersections with 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road.Dreasky was severely wounded on Nov. 21, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Al-Habbaniyah, Iraq. He suffered burns over 75 percent of his body and died on July 10, 2006. He was 31 years old.Dreasky was featured in The Detroit News on June 30, 2006, when President Bush toured the Army Burn Center in San Antonio. Dreasky tried to raise a bandaged arm to salute when Bush visited his hospital room.Dreasky was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery in Lansing.“Duane was a great friend who I served with and deployed with,” said Barrett, of Charlotte. “He was a truly special solider. Those of us deployed with him developed a deep bond of camaraderie. Duane inspired others. He was a born leader.”Barrett said Dreasky was his roommate in Guantanamo Bay while deployed there in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004.Dreasky was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His other awards included an Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and a Combat Action Badge.Dreasky’s mother, Cheryl Dreasky, and sister, Dawn Marie Harvey, testified in support of the bill earlier this month.House Bill 5725 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 30May House approves Rep. Barrett’s plan to honor fallen Staff Sgt. Duane J. Dreaskylast_img

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