On January 8, 2008, a ceremony was held at City Hall to dedicate an eagle carved by local artist Bud Emerson, in honor of Airman First Class, Eric M. Barnes. Eric was killed by an IED in Iraq on his second tour of duty, while leading a convoy with his unit, the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Eric’s family was there that morning, to hear Mayor Anthony Krasienko and Congresswoman Betty Sutton speak of their son and brother, and for the unveiling of the Eagle. The carving was commissioned by CenturyTel, and it remained in the Police Briefing Room. Until Friday morning.
Early Friday morning, the Eagle was transported to its new home, at the corner of 2nd Street and Oberlin Avenue. The area was drastically altered when First Energy cut trees from the east end to the west end of 2nd Street that threatened their power lines. Because of the vision and planning, the dedication and solicitation of contributions of “That Woman” Loraine Ritchey, the corner has been changed from what was once an unkempt landscape
to what is gradually becoming a beautiful greenspace.
With the help of the Streets Department crew
the Eagle was located at the center of the walkway. More landscaping is planned, and more donations are being solicited to complete the vision for this area. But most importantly, the Eagle is home.