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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 15, 2019 03:54 PM
From: Representative Pam Snyder
To: All House members
Subject: Bridge/Interchange Designations to Honor Our Fallen Heroes
Throughout history, Pennsylvania has been home to many heroes who have fiercely protected the freedoms we hold dear as Americans. Whether on foreign soil or in their own communities, our brave men and women have put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of their friends, families, and neighbors. While there are no words or deeds that can fully express our deepest gratitude for their service and sacrifice, I am proposing legislation in an effort to honor the memory of three of Pennsylvania’s finest citizens.

PFC Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange:

Joseph Frank Duda enlisted as a Private in the United States Marine Corps in January of 1942 and served during World War II. He was a member of the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, Third Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. In April of 1942, he was appointed to Private First Class, yet tragically lost his life in the line of duty on January 9, 1944.

CPL Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange:

Denny Ray Easter joined the United States Army in 1970, where he earned the rank of Corporal. With a specialty in Light Weapons Infantry, he bravely served in the Vietnam War as an Infantryman with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, B Company. On January 13, 1971, in the Quang Tin province of South Vietnam, Corporal Denny Ray Easter was killed in the line of duty at the age of 20.

Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge:

Brian A. Tennant, a native of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, was a valiant officer and individual of Greene County. He is most revered for his heroics the night he helped save several lives from a tragic house fire in January 2010. He was elected Sheriff of Greene County in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Sadly, on February 27, 2019, Sheriff Brian A. Tennant passed away at the age of 35.

Please join me in bringing deserved recognition to these heroic individuals by co-sponsoring legislation that would designate two interchanges in Fayette County and one bridge in Greene County after our fallen Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HB2088