H1798B2212A02777 NES:EJH 10/27/23 #90 A02777
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 1798
Sponsor: REPRESENTATIVE NEILSON
Printer's No. 2212
Amend Bill, page 1, line 4, by striking out the period after
"Bridge" and inserting
; designating a bridge, identified as Bridge Key 8344, carrying
U.S. Route 22 over Pennsylvania Route 160, also known as New
Germany Road, in Cambria Township, Cambria County, as the
Charles J. Vizzini Memorial Bridge; and making a repeal.
Amend Bill, page 2, by inserting between lines 23 and 24
Section 2. Charles J. Vizzini Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Charles J. Vizzini was born March 8, 1924, to John
and Lillian Vizzini in Colver.
(2) He served in the United States Army during World War
II as a private and was wounded twice.
(3) While fighting in France, Private Vizzini was struck
in the chest by bullets from a German automatic pistol and
was saved from serious injury and possible death by a
Catholic Bible in his left breast pocket and a Catholic
missal in his right breast pocket when bullets penetrated
both books.
(4) After returning to Cambria County, Mr. Vizzini went
on to graduate from Cambria Rowe Business College and later
worked for a time as a coal miner and steelworker, in the
Ebensburg Center and, eventually, at the Office of Auditor
General for more than 25 years.
(5) A passionate advocate for his fellow veterans, Mr.
Vizzini served as Commander of Ebensburg Post 4963, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, and organized annual Veterans Day memorial
services as well as memorial services for the anniversary of
the bombing of Pearl Harbor and to honor the memory of fellow
Cambria County native Marine Sergeant Michael Strank, who
helped to raise the United States flag at Iwo Jima.
(6) A caring member of his community, Mr. Vizzini
organized memorial services to honor the 63 miners who died
in the 1940 Sonman Mines explosion in Portage and was
influential in honoring the 112 individuals who lost their
lives in the Cambria Steel Company's 1902 Rolling Mine Mill
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explosion in Johnstown.
(7) Mr. Vizzini was well-known throughout his community,
most notably for his passionate advocacy for his fellow
veterans and for the residents of Cambria Township, including
his efforts to keep the Ebensburg Center open, his work with
Ebensburg's annual Christmas celebrations, particularly the
life-size nativity scene, his organization of the Northern
Cambria County Immigrants Day in Nanty Glo and his efforts to
clean Sandyvale Cemetery.
(8) Charles J. Vizzini passed away on August 11, 2009,
at the age of 85.
(9) A decorated military veteran, Mr. Vizzini's awards
include two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star.
(b) Designation.--The bridge, identified as Bridge Key 8344,
carrying U.S. Route 22 over Pennsylvania Route 160, also known
as New Germany Road, in Cambria Township, Cambria County, is
designated the Charles J. Vizzini Memorial Bridge.
(c) Signs.--The Department of Transportation shall erect and
maintain appropriate signs displaying the name of the bridge to
traffic in both directions on the bridge and both directions on
the crossing route.
Section 3. Repeals.
Repeals are as follows:
(1) The General Assembly declares that the repeal under
paragraph (2) is necessary to effectuate the designation
under section 2.
(2) Section 21 of the act of November 3, 2022 (P.L.2028,
No.140), is repealed.
Amend Bill, page 2, line 24, by striking out "2" and
inserting
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