Interstate section named for fallen soldier

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - A stretch of Interstate 35 in McClain County has been named in honor of a soldier from Purcell killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2005.

A ceremony was held Wednesday in Purcell honoring Army Warrant Officer Steven Shephard.

The 30-year-old was one of two pilots aboard the AH-64 Apache helicopter when it crashed in Iraq on June 27, 2005.

A memorial sign was placed on the interstate north of the McClain County Expo Center, and a helicopter flew over the Lighthouse Worship Center in Purcell during the memorial ceremony.

Local lawmakers passed a bill last session authorizing the sign.
Information from: The Norman Transcript,

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