Joyce Introduces Bill to Honor Local Hero

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) introduced legislation to rename the United States Post Office building located at 340 Wetmore Avenue in Grand River, Ohio after the late Lance Corporal Andrew Nowacki. Nowacki was killed in action on February 26, 2005 while protecting his fellow Marines during his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

“Today, I was humbled to introduce a bill to honor Lance Corporal Andrew Nowacki,” said Dave. “Not only did Andy serve the Grand River community as a Police Officer, he gave his life to defend our nation’s freedom. His dedication to protecting and serving his community was nothing short of heroic. I’m proud to be a part of the effort to preserve Andy’s legacy and ensure his sacrifice will forever be remembered.”

“Our family is extremely thankful that Andy’s service and sacrifice has not been forgotten,” said Sheila Nowacki, Andy’s mother. “Andy was proud to serve his country as a United States Marine and the Village of Grand River as a peace officer. To have his memory in both roles commemorated by having the Grand River Post Office bear his name is an honor that we are grateful for.”

Andrew – known as Andy or Ace to those who knew him well – learned the importance of duty, country, commitment and community at a young age, as his parents had many friends who were either police officers, veterans, or a combination of the two. Andy went on to graduate from Brush High School in 1998 and joined the Marine Corps Reserve shortly thereafter. He also attended the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, becoming a patrolman for Grand River in 2001. Andy was a dedicated member of the Ready Response Team, the Honor Guard and the Bike Patrol, always looking to protect and serve his community. Following his death, Andy’s family and friends created the Andy Nowacki Foundation, which provides scholarships for those seeking to serve in the fields of public safety or nursing. To this day, the foundation continues to honor Andy’s commitment to community, dedication to service and desire to help others by aiding others who wish to do the same. 


Recent Posts

Feb 12, 2024

Joyce, Rouzer, Pallone, Sykes Introduce Bill to Preserve America’s Beaches

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), David Rouzer (R-NC-07), Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), and Emilia Sykes (D-OH-13) reintroduced the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The funding provided through this bill helps state and local governments test, monitor, and identify contamination in recreational waters, such as the Great Lakes.  “Every year, Ohio families and tourists […]

Feb 7, 2024

Congressman Joyce Releases Statement on Vote to Impeach Secretary Mayorkas

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) released the following statement on his vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  “In February 2021, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and pledged to faithfully discharge the duties of his office. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the […]

Feb 6, 2024

Joyce Conservation Bill Passes the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce’s (OH-14) bill, H.R. 5009, the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Reauthorization (WILD) Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which enables wildlife and habitat conservation in all 50 states and territories, and the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, which […]