In a show of support for the family of Army Pvt. Aaron Toppen, the people of Mokena have wrapped a yellow ribbon around almost every tree, light post, and mailbox in town.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 27, 2014 8:29AM
Townline Road soon will bear an honorary designation for Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen as a tribute to the fallen soldier’s life in Mokena and service to his country.
A joint effort by Mokena and Frankfort Township, which both have jurisdiction over the road from 187th Street to Francis Road, will dedicate the street in his honor hopefully in September, Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer said.
He said both the village and township boards must pass a resolution on the honorary designation and will seek input from Toppen’s family. The road leads to Toppen’s family home in Mokena.
“This does not take the pain away, but the family will be able to see this every day and realize how many people care,” Fleischer said.
The mayor said he learned a lot about Toppen during the past week. He described the 19-year-old soldier as one who was “always smiling,” “genuinely liked” and very thoughtful — often helping people before he was asked.
“I hope we can continue to remember Aaron by being more thoughtful and caring to each other,” Fleischer said. “I was very proud to be mayor of this town and see how everyone came out to honor him.”
Susan DeMar Lafferty