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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE BILL

No. 1795 Session of 2007


        INTRODUCED BY HORNAMAN, BISHOP, CALTAGIRONE, CAPPELLI, CAUSER,
           COHEN, CONKLIN, CREIGHTON, EVERETT, FLECK, GALLOWAY, GEIST,
           GEORGE, GIBBONS, GINGRICH, HARKINS, HENNESSEY, HERSHEY, HESS,
           W. KELLER, KENNEY, KULA, MAJOR, MANTZ, MARKOSEK, METCALFE,
           MOYER, NAILOR, M. O'BRIEN, PALLONE, PAYNE, PERRY, PETRONE,
           PRESTON, PYLE, RAMALEY, RAPP, RAYMOND, READSHAW, ROAE,
           SAINATO, SAYLOR, SHAPIRO, SIPTROTH, SOLOBAY, SURRA,
           R. TAYLOR, VEREB, WATSON, J. WHITE, WOJNAROSKI, YOUNGBLOOD,
           SCAVELLO, MILLARD, MANN, GRUCELA, MAHONEY, VULAKOVICH,
           MARSHALL, MURT, REICHLEY, FREEMAN, DALLY, HARHART, MILNE,
           REED, GOODMAN, DENLINGER, BARRAR AND M. KELLER,
           AUGUST 10, 2007

        AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, HOUSE OF
           REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

                                     AN ACT

     1  Designating the Powell Avenue Bridge on State Route 299 in
     2     Millcreek TOWNSHIP, ERIE COUNTY, Pennsylvania, as the Staff    <--
     3     Sergeant Jeremy R. Horton Memorial Bridge.

     4     WHEREAS, Staff Sergeant Jeremy R. Horton was born June 16,
     5  1979, in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Timothy J. Horton of Fairview
     6  TOWNSHIP, ERIE COUNTY, Pennsylvania, and Gretchen S.              <--
     7  (Wittenburg) Horton of Millcreek TOWNSHIP, ERIE COUNTY,           <--
     8  Pennsylvania; and
     9     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton graduated from Strong Vincent High
    10  School IN ERIE, ERIE COUNTY, in 1997 where he had met the love    <--
    11  of his life, Cristie Schock; and
    12     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton enlisted in the United States Army in
    13  November 1997 as an infantryman, after Basic Training, AIT and

     1  Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia; and
     2     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton and Ms. Schock were wed July 6, 1998,
     3  and posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and
     4     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton rose rapidly through the ranks,
     5  serving as a SAW gunner, grenadier and Fire Team Leader in 2nd
     6  Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the "Devils in
     7  Baggy Pants"; and
     8     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton was also an avid free-fall sport
     9  parachutist, played the drums and was proud of his band, the
    10  "Welfare Babies"; and
    11     WHEREAS, In January 2002, S. Sgt. Horton and his wife arrived
    12  in Germany, where he was first assigned as a team leader and
    13  later squad leader in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th
    14  Infantry, Baumholder; and
    15     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton was promoted to Staff Sergeant in
    16  March 2003, and deployed with 2nd Brigade, 1AD to Iraq for
    17  Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
    18     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton joined Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion,
    19  6th Infantry in June while deployed, serving initially in the
    20  commander's personal security detachment before being selected
    21  as 1st Platoon's weapons squad leader; and
    22     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton's element operated in the Jisr Diyala
    23  sector and secured the Tuwaytha Nuclear Research Facility; and
    24     WHEREAS, In October, S. Sgt. Horton volunteered to be Alpha
    25  Section Leader, commanding his first Bradley Fighting Vehicle;
    26  and
    27     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton made the ultimate sacrifice of giving
    28  his life for his country in the line of duty while serving near
    29  Al Iskandariyah, Iraq, when an improvised vehicle-borne
    30  explosive device exploded on May 21, 2004, while his convoy was
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     1  stopped for another roadside bomb; and
     2     WHEREAS, S. Sgt. Horton was posthumously awarded the Bronze
     3  Star and Purple Heart.
     4     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     5  hereby enacts as follows:
     6  Section 1.  Staff Sergeant Jeremy R. Horton Memorial Bridge.
     7     (a)  Designation.--The Powell Avenue Bridge on State Route
     8  299 in Middlecreek MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, ERIE COUNTY,               <--
     9  Pennsylvania, known as the Powell Avenue Bridge, is redesignated
    10  the Staff Sergeant Jeremy R. Horton Memorial Bridge.
    11     (b)  Signs.--The Department of Transportation shall erect and
    12  maintain appropriate signs displaying the name Staff Sergeant
    13  Jeremy R. Horton Memorial Bridge on both ends of the bridge.
    14  Section 2.  Effective date.
    15     This act shall take effect in 60 days.










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