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Pa. bill would name 4 York County bridges for fallen soldiers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The state House of Representatives has voted to rename a number of York County bridges and a roundabout to honor soldiers and a police officer who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

House Bill 1431, authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), is headed to the state Senate after unanimous approval in the House Monday.

Under Grove's proposal, the bridge on Hanover Road near the intersection with Lake Road in Spring Grove would be designated as the Corporal Luke S. Runyan Memorial Bridge.

Runyan, a 2004 graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, was 21 years old when he was killed in combat in Iraq on Feb. 17, 2008 while serving as a squad leader with the U.S. Army.

The bridge on Route 116 in Spring Grove would be renamed the Specialist Cameron J. Stambaugh Memorial Bridge.

Stambaugh, 20, a 2010 graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan on July 8, 2012.

Grove's bill would also name the traffic circle on Route 116 at Hanover Road and Roth's Church Road in Spring Grove as the Officer David D. Tome Memorial Circle.

Tome, 31, was a Northern York County Regional Police officer when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver in 2008.

In Dover, the bridge on State Route 4002 between Intermediate Avenue and Municipal Drive would be renamed the Specialist Zachary R. Clouser Memorial Bridge, and the bridge on Route 74 between Drawbaugh Avenue and Mill Alley would be designated as the Sergeant Brett E. Walden Memorial Bridge.

Clouser, 19, a 2005 graduate of Dover Area High School, was killed in action on July 18, 2007, while serving with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Walden, a 40-year-old Airborne Ranger instructor from Dover, was killed in action in Iraq on August 5, 2005.

"We can never say enough to truly thank these men for what they did for all of us," Grove said in a statement. "In some cases they lost their lives thousands of miles away from their home. Renaming these areas around York County is just a small way to honor them and their families and let them know their efforts will always be remembered in their hometowns."

 

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