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New Pa. law names Harrisburg bridge for fallen soldier

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Legislation naming a Harrisburg area bridge for a Pennsylvania National Guard member killed in Afghanistan last year has been signed into law.

The measure designates the eastbound Route 22/322 bridge over Interstate 81 in Susquehanna Township as the Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner Memorial Bridge.

Ruffner, of Susquehanna Township, was killed when his Apache helicopter crashed April 9.

The measure to honor him was authored by Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/York).

“Chief Warrant Officer Ruffner courageously served this country and deserves our enduring gratitude for paying the ultimate price while defending our freedom,” Teplitz said in a statement.

“This bridge naming serves as a permanent reminder to all who drive the span of his heroism and sacrifice.”

Ruffner was the 52nd member of the Pennsylvania National Guard who was killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2004.


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