Rep. Lipinski Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldier, Helps Dedicate Omar E. Torres Way in Chicago
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was joined by Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th), neighborhood leaders, and the family of Private First Class Omar E. Torres for the April 2 dedication of the 4600 block of South Keeler Avenue as Omar E. Torres Way. Torres grew up on the block and played football at De La Salle High School before earning a full scholarship to The Ohio State University and joining the U.S. Army Reserves.
Pvt. Torres was killed in 2007 when his unit was hit with an explosive device while patrolling Baghdad. He was 20 years old.
“I was deeply honored to participate in dedicating the street where Pvt. Torres was raised and to see how much this means to his family, friends, and former neighbors. He truly was a hero and made a difference in his community that continues to make an impact to this day,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I will always remember the outpouring from the community at Omar’s wake at St. Richard. Now, when people see the signs for Omar E. Torres Way, they will be reminded of him, his bravery, and his selfless service to his country. We will never forget his sacrifice and we are forever indebted to him, as well as to all of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.”
Rep. Lipinski in 2007 read a statement on the House floor honoring Torres for his accomplishments and sacrifice, noting his interest in politics and strong desire to work for positive change in his country. In addition to the street designation, the UNO charter school at 4248 W. 47th St. is named the PFC Omar E. Torres School. Children from the school attended the dedication ceremony and read poetry honoring Pvt. Torres.
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