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Portion of Route 29 to be named after fallen Chief Petty Officer

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A stretch of a Central Illinois road will be officially named after Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens.

On Tuesday, the state house approved Senate Joint Resolution 35, officially naming Route 29 in Chillicothe as the "Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens Highway.

Owens was killed in January 2017, during a raid against Al Qaeda in Yemen, during a Seal Team Six mission.

His death was the first under President Donald Trump.

Owens won numerous awards during his years of service, including being posthumously awarded the purple heart. 

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