RAMSEY, N.J. – In 2013, Timothy McGill of Ramsey was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan.
The Army Staff Sergeant, and 2001 Ramsey High School graduate, was just 30 when he was killed by enemy fire in an attack near the border of Pakistan.
Four years later, McGill is being honored and remembered by having a portion of Route 17 that runs through his hometown designated in his honor.
On Saturday afternoon, a ceremony will be held to dedicate the sign for “Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway,” which will run from milepost 22.56 to milepost 24.35 in Ramsey.
“When Timothy was killed in action, I spoke at his funeral and gave his family a promise, a vow, that the people of Ramsey would not forget his sacrifice, and would not forget their son’s name,” said Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi.
Schepisi, along with Assemblyman Robert Auth and State Senator Gerald Cardinale sponsored legislation to designate the stretch of roadway 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.
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.
The sign dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m., at Veterans Park on Main Street in Ramsey, across from Ramsey High School.