Senate panel votes to honor fallen Marine from York County


A Senate committee has approved legislation to name a York County bridge in honor of a Marine who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

Senate Bill 441, reported out of the Transportation Committee, would designate the bridge carrying State Route 2087 over the East Branch Codorus Creek as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge.

Wrinkle, a 2001 graduate of Dallastown High School, was a K9 handler for the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Company G and Marine Special Operations Team 8221. He died in 2011 while trying to rescue his service dog, Tosca, from a barracks fire.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

“Sergeant Wrinkle refused to leave a trusted companion behind, displaying a level of loyalty, courage and dedication that is hard for most of us to even imagine,” Phillips-Hill said in a statement. “We can never adequately repay the debt that is owed to Chris and his wonderful family, but we can ensure the memory of his uncommon bravery is preserved for every generation to come.”

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