“It’s important for not only those that travel Interstate 70 to recognize that but it’s also a fitting tribute and memorial to Deputy Hopper and her loss of life there,” Widener said.
A dedication date is still pending. Legislators are working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the timing for the new signage, officials from Widener’s office said.
It’s Eubanks’ hope the dedication will remind people less about the tragedy, but rather the woman behind it. Even on calls today, he said he still hears stories about how Hopper helped others. She was known for volunteering with special needs programs and education initiatives such as DARE. She also made personal contributions to those in need.
“She cared about them,” he said.
Knowing there’s more to being a deputy than what he or she does with a badge, he recalled how he took a new recruit out to her grave site at Myers Cemetery in North Hampton.
“Had him clean off her headstone, clean it up,” Eubanks said. “Just a reminder for what we do and what this job entails and the danger.”
“I think it hit home for him,” he added.