A state lawmaker has authored legislation to designate a Harrisburg-area bridge in honor of a Susquehanna Township man who died in Afghanistan.
The bridge which carries Route 22 East over Interstate 81 would be named the Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner Memorial Bridge under the bill sponsored by Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/York).
Ruffner had deployed to Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania National Guard's 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.
He and Chief Warrant Officer Jarett Yoder, of Mohnton, were killed when their Apache helicopter crashed April 9.
"Chief Warrant Officer Ruffner was a true hero and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country," Teplitz said in a statement. "I feel that it is only right that we name such a heavily used span after him so that we have a constant reminder of his bravery and dedication to our freedom."