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A10111
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1156
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY MENSCH, MAY 7, 2018
AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, JUNE 11, 2018
AN ACT
Designating a bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 100
over the Schuylkill River in Pottstown Borough, Montgomery
County, as the Newstell Marable, Sr., Memorial Bridge;
designating the bridge on Stoughstown Road over Interstate 81
in Cumberland County (bridge number 21-3007-0020-0865) as the
Private Raymond Lafayette Naugle Memorial Bridge; designating
the bridge on Maple Avenue over the Yellow Breeches Creek in
Walnut Bottom Township, Cumberland County (bridge number 21-
3009-0012-0000), as the Sergeant Kenneth Lee "Buck" Devor
Memorial Bridge; designating a bridge on that portion of U.S.
Route 219 South, over U.S. Route 22, also known as the
Admiral Peary Highway, in Cambria Township, Cambria County,
as the PFC Nick Kozorosky Memorial Bridge; designating a
portion of Pennsylvania Route 54 in West Mahanoy Township,
Schuylkill County, as the Francis V. "Angie" McAndrew
Memorial Highway; and designating a portion of State Route
2026, in Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, as the
Corporal Michael Dennis Cooke Memorial Highway.; and
designating the bridge to be constructed on that portion of
Pennsylvania Route 88 over Peters Creek, Finleyville Borough,
Washington County, as the John Emerick Memorial Bridge.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Newstell Marable, Sr., Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Newstell Marable, Sr., was a native of Birmingham,
Alabama, and a graduate of Alabama A&M University.
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(2) Mr. Marable served in the United States Army from
1953 through 1955.
(3) Mr. Marable joined and served the Pottstown NAACP
Branch #2288 from 1960 until his death in 2015.
(4) During his 30-year tenure as president of the
Pottstown NAACP Branch #2288, Mr. Marable handled 107
complaints.
(5) Mr. Marable was a passionate advocate for equal
opportunity and employment for all races and genders.
(6) In 1985, Mr. Marable led the combined efforts of the
NAACP and many churches and organizations to fight for the
rightful employment of two African Americans to the local
fire company.
(7) Mr. Marable was a key advocate for equality and was
instrumental in closing the Boyertown School District and
Pottsgrove School District for observance of the Martin
Luther King, Jr., holiday celebrations.
(8) Mr. Marable was a proud and longstanding member of
the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Pottstown where he served on
multiple boards and held many positions.
(b) Designation.--The bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania
Route 100 over the Schuylkill River in Pottstown Borough,
Montgomery County, is designated as the Newstell Marable, Sr.,
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.
Section 2. Private Raymond Lafayette Naugle Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
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(1) Private Raymond Lafayette Naugle, a native of
Carlisle, enlisted in the United States Army on July 17,
1917.
(2) While serving with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 112th
Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Private Naugle was
killed in action on November 8, 1918, in France.
(b) Designation.--The bridge on Stoughstown Road in
Cumberland County over Interstate 81 (bridge number 21-3007-
0020-0865) is designated the Private Raymond Lafayette Naugle
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.
Section 3. Sergeant Kenneth Lee "Buck" Devor Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Sergeant Kenneth Lee "Buck" Devor, a native of
Carlisle, was drafted into the United States Army on December
2, 1966.
(2) While serving with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th
Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning
Division), during the Tet Offensive, Sergeant Devor was
killed in action on February 10, 1968.
(3) Sergeant Devor was awarded the Bronze Star medal,
the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the
Republic of Vietnam Military Merit Medal.
(b) Designation.--The section of Maple Avenue over the
Yellow Breeches Creek in Walnut Bottom Township, Cumberland
County (bridge number 21-3009-0012-0000), is designated the
Sergeant Kenneth Lee "Buck" Devor Memorial Bridge.
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(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.
Section 4. PFC Nick Kozorosky Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) PFC Nick Kozorosky, a native of Nanty Glo Borough,
served his country in the United States Army, 101st Airborne
Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War
II.
(2) On May 4, 1945, PFC Kozorosky was killed in action
near Berchtesgaden, Germany, where Nazi leaders were planning
a last stand.
(3) PFC Nick Kozorosky was posthumously awarded the
Purple Heart.
(b) Designation.--The bridge located on U.S. Route 219
South, over U.S. Route 22, also known as the Admiral Peary
Highway, in Cambria Township, Cambria County, is designated as
the PFC Nick Kozorosky 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.
Section 5. Francis V. "Angie" McAndrew Memorial Highway.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Francis V. "Angie" McAndrew lived a life of service
to the residents of Schuylkill County and to the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania.
(2) Born December 29, 1944, in Shenandoah, he was a 1962
graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah,
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and a 1977 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University,
Schuylkill Campus.
(3) He was a decorated Army veteran, having served
during the Vietnam era.
(4) After his honorable discharge from the Army, he
graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy,
Hershey, and became a Pennsylvania State Trooper and State
Police investigator.
(5) During his 25-year career with the Pennsylvania
State Police, he served in numerous roles as a patrol
officer, a Statewide vice and narcotics investigator, a
corruption probe investigator and a criminal investigator.
(6) He received many accolades and commendations for his
work and skills in helping to solve and prosecute numerous
criminal cases and received a special citation in True
Detective Magazine.
(7) Upon his retirement from the Pennsylvania State
Police, he worked as a detective for the Schuylkill County
District Attorney's Office and was elected Schuylkill County
Sheriff in 1993.
(8) He served as county sheriff for 14 years and was
instrumental in establishing a central booking office to
quickly and efficiently provide fingerprinting and
recordkeeping for suspects.
(9) He also implemented security at the courthouse,
established a prison inmate work detail and revamped
procedures for attaining a hunting license in the county.
(10) In 2007, he was elected Schuylkill County
Commissioner, helping the Democratic Party take majority
control of the county board of commissioners for the first
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time in 37 years. He served as commissioner from 2008 to
2011.
(11) During his career, he also served as a commissioner
for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, a
delegate to the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, a
board member of the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet
program and served on numerous other boards and associations.
(12) He was also a member of Divine Mercy Parish,
Anthony P. Damato American Legion Post 792, AMVETS Post 7,
Shenandoah East End Field and Stream Club, Saint Clair Fish
and Game, Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29, BPOE Lodge
1533, Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, John F. Kennedy
Division 1 and a lifelong member of the former West End Fire
Company in Lost Creek.
(13) He died on November 27, 2016.
(b) Designation.--The portion of Pennsylvania Route 54 in
West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, is designated as the
Francis V. "Angie" McAndrew Memorial Highway.
(c) Signs.--The Department of Transportation shall erect and
maintain appropriate signs displaying the name of the highway to
traffic in both directions on the highway.
Section 6. Corporal Michael Dennis Cooke Memorial Highway.
(a) Findings.--
(1) Corporal Michael Dennis Cooke was born and raised in
Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County.
(2) Corporal Cooke enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps in 1987 and served in 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2nd
Reconnaissance Battalion, Second Marine Division.
(3) Corporal Cooke died of massive trauma after an
accidental grenade explosion on February 22, 1991, after
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completing a heroic operation against the enemy serving as
team scout and photographer during Operation Desert Storm. He
was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.
(b) Designation.--The section of State Route 2026 in Upper
Moreland Township, Montgomery County, from Pennsylvania Route
611 to Pennsylvania Route 63 is designated the Corporal Michael
Dennis Cooke Memorial Highway.
(c) Signs.--The Department of Transportation shall erect and
maintain appropriate signs displaying the name of the highway to
traffic in both directions on the highway.
Section 7. John Emerick Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Sergeant John Emerick, a native of Mount Pleasant,
Westmoreland County, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940.
(2) Following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Sergeant
Emerick was deployed to the Bataan Peninsula, Philippines,
initially serving in the 19th Air Base Squadron and later
transferring to the 31st infantry unit in an attempt to halt
the Japanese advance in the region.
(3) With limited food, water and supplies, and following
the order of his commander, Sergeant Emerick, along with
approximately 12,000 Americans and 63,000 Filipinos,
surrendered to Japanese forces as prisoners of war and were
forced to march 65 miles through the jungle with no food or
water. This march would later be known as the Bataan Death
March.
(4) Sergeant Emerick survived the death march and 42
months of capture and was rescued on September 12, 1945, when
United States Forces liberated the prisoners of war.
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(5) Sergeant Emerick was awarded the Bronze Star with
"V" for valor for heroism during combat operations on April
6, 1942, on Bataan. His medals included three Bronze Stars, a
Purple Heart, three Presidential Unit Citations and a
Prisoner of War medal.
(6) Following his return to the United States, Sergeant
Emerick became a commander in the American Defenders of
Bataan and Corregidor, where he was able to assist former
prisoners of war in any way he could, including work that led
to a study resulting in legislation that would become the
former Prisoners of War Benefits Act of 1981.
(7) Sergeant Emerick was a 50-year member of the
American Legion Post in Finleyville and member of the St.
Francis Assisi Church until his death on September 22, 2009.
(b) Designation.--The bridge to be constructed on
Pennsylvania Route 88 over Peters Creek in Finleyville Borough,
Washington County, is designated the John Emerick 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.
Section 7 8. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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