Liberty Index 2012 General Acts BRIDGES HIGHWAYS LICENSE OFFICER DOWN LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION
Act 15 of 2012 SB 1043 Trooper Gary Rosenberger Memorial Bridge26 Year Old Trooper Gary Rosenberger was shot nine times and killed while performing an undercover narcotics investigation. Rosenberger was shot and killed Dec. 12, 1970, while performing an undercover narcotics investigation in the township. Rosenberger was just 26 and had served with the state police less than two years. His body was found in a stream in Old Lycoming Township. One suspect was arrested and charged with his murder. READ MORE
Act 58 of 2012 May 29 of 2012 SB 1429End of Watch: Sunday, January 19, 1975
30 year old Corporal Paul Walters Memorial Bridge During a routine arrest, Officer Paul Walters was killed. READ MORE
Act 77 of 2012 June 29 HB 2027 Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Highway Sinking Springs Berks County. 28 Year Old Deputy Sheriff Berks County Kyle Pagerly was shot and killed June 29, 2011 while serving a warrant as part of a fugitive task force at a home on Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township.
Act 115 of 2012 July 5 HB 2215 Officer John David Dryer Memorial Interchange Washington County
End of Watch December 19, 2011 46 year old John David Dryer, Claysville, died Monday, December 19, 2011, as a result of a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty. READ MORE Suspect in officer killing shot dead Post-Gazette 19 December 2011 and Veterinarian turned cop felled by shots Post-Gazette 20 December 2011 *
Act 53 May 29 HB 1091 Michael D. Crotty Memorial Parkway
On Saturday June 30th, 2012, The Lawrence Park Fire Department will present the 5th Annual MICHAEL D. CROTTY EMERGENCY SERVICES BIKE RUN. This event is held to honor Michael D. Crotty, whose life was tragically lost while fighting fire on April 8th, 2008. Mike was a United States Air Force veteran, a Lawrence Park Volunteer firefighter, paramedic, and a full time City of Erie Firefighter. He was also a fifth generation firefighter. Mike's untimely death in the line of duty was a tremendous loss to his family, friends, and fellow emergency responders.TIER 0 No Impact on Liberty Like all bridge and highway namings, this was a UNANIMOUS VOTE No points added or subtracted from grade *
The Last Full Measure of Devotion Remember The Fallen Defenders Abraham Lincoln dedicating cemetery at Gettysburg November 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or
detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. *
Act 19 of 2012
HB 1355 Jarrid L. King Memorial Bridge
20 Years Old (Nov. 6, 1990 to Jan. 12, 2011) U.S. Army Specialist Jarrid L. King, of Harborcreek Township near Erie, died in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked his unit with an explosive device on Wednesday, the Department of Defense said. He was 20. (The Army on Friday awarded Mr. King a posthumous promotion to corporal.) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan. 12, 2011 READ MORE: Military Wall of Honor Facebook House Appropriations Committee (R) FISCAL IMPACT: According to PennDOT, installation of 2 signs, 1 in each direction, dedicating a bridge or highway costs $500.That cost would be absorbed in currently allocated funds. *
Act 44 of 2012 HB 2045 Sergeant Robert W. Hartsock Memorial Bridge
MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sergeant Hartsock, distinguished himself in action while serving as section leader with the 44th Infantry Platoon Scout Dogs. When the Dau Tieng Base Camp came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Staff Sergeant Hartsock and his platoon commander spotted an enemy sapper squad which had infiltrated the camp undetected. Realizing the enemy squad was heading for the brigade tactical operations center and nearby prisoner compound, they concealed themselves and, although heavily outnumbered, awaited the approach of the hostile soldiers. When the enemy was almost upon them Staff Sergeant Hartsock and his platoon commander opened fire on the squad. As a wounded enemy soldier fell, he managed to detonate a satchel charge he was carrying. Staff Sergeant Hartsock, with complete disregard for his life, threw himself on the charge and was gravely wounded. In spite of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Hartsock crawled about 5 meters to a ditch and provided heavy suppressive fire, completely pinning down the enemy and allowing his commander to seek shelter. Staff Sergeant Hartsock continued his deadly stream of fire until he succumbed to his wounds. Staff Sergeant Hartsock's extraordinary heroism and profound concern for the lives of his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army **
Act 45 May 17 of 2012 HB 2133 Sergeant Joseph M. Garrison Memorial Bridge Sgt. Joseph Garrison with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, runs through the desert near Camp Leatherneck during a drill in June 2009. Garrison was killed while on his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan in June 2011, when he was struck by a homemade bomb in Marjah. June 14, 2011 On Friday, Marines will gather to remember Sgt. Joseph Garrison at a small combat outpost in Afghanistan's Helmand province. *
Act 46 May 17 of 2012 HB 2192 First Lieutenant Colby J. Umbrell Memorial Bridge 27 year old First Lieutenant Colby J. Umbrell, 26, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, killed in Iraq May 3, 2007, in Musayyib, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. *
Act 47 May 17 of 2012 HB 2246 First Lieutenant Travis Lemma Manion Memorial 26 years old Lt. Travis Manion killed April 29, 2007 Iraq
The Travis Manion Foundation Lt. Travis Manions dad: Tom Manion: Why They Serve'If Not Me, Then Who?' May 24, 2012, After more than a decade of war, remarkable men and women are still stepping forward. I served in the military for 30 years. But it was impossible to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families until April 29, 2007, the day my son, First Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq. Travis was just 26 years old when an enemy sniper's bullet pierced his heart after he had just helped save two wounded comrades. Even though our family knew the risks of Travis fighting on the violent streets of Fallujah, being notified of his death on a warm Sunday afternoon in Doylestown, Pa., was the worst moment of our lives. *
Act 48 of 2012 HB 1862 Private First Class Edward Ritsick Memorial Bridge
The Virtual Wall Panel 44E, Line 20 See the full profile for Edward Ritsick October 19, 1947 to March 11, 1968 Austin,
Persons from Pennsylvania who died in the Vietnam War.
* Act 49 of 2012 HB 1955 Staff Sergeant Richard J. Tieman Memorial Highway
28 years old killed in Afghanistan on May 18, 2010 Fallen Defender CHAMBERSBURG, Pa 8 June 2011 Letterkenny Army Depot dedicated its child-development center Wednesday in memory of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman of Waynesboro, Pa., who was killed in Afghanistan. Tieman, 28, was one of five U.S. soldiers killed in a May 18, 2010, suicide bomb attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul.
Act 50 May 22 of 2012 HB 1956 Master Sergeant Benjamin F. Bitner Memorial Highway 37 years old killed in Afghanistan April 23, 2011 by an improvised explosive device. Hundreds attend memorial service for fallen Green Beret U.S. Army Master Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Bitner remembered as a man of principle. *
Act 52 of 2012 HB 2271 PFC Robert Piney Decker Nadolski Army of the United States The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial killed January 1, 1967 Vietnam 22 years old *
Act 57 of 2012 May 29 2012 SB 1395 Captain David Eric Pannabecker POW-MIA Memorial Highway Lost in Cambodia 27 March 1972 READ MORE *
Act 103 of 2012 July 5 HB 1269 Special license plate for recipients of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Bronze Star for Valor and special plates for recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross Veterans and military personnel interested in these new plates can visit PennDOTs Driver and Vehicle Services website, and select the Military License Plates link under the Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center for a complete listing of available military license plates. The page provides images of each plate and links to the appropriate application form. Specialty license plates are also offered for active-duty and reserve military personnel and members of service-related organizations. Hat Tip Keystone Reports WFMZ TV 69 *
Act 118 of 2012 July 5 HB 2349 Purple Heart Memorial Bridge of Jefferson County*
Act 158 of 2012 HB 1830 amends Vehicle Code (Title 75) to create a military-related license plate for individuals that served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. The Merchant Marine plates may be used only on a passenger vehicle or truck with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds. READ MORE FISCAL NOTE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
The Liberty Index scores Act 158 of 2012 Tier 0 (No Impact on Liberty) because it memorializes service to the country. These Acts are important functions of the General Assembly and the Governor, as elected representatives, to acknowledge those who serve for the national defense. *
The Last Full Measure of Devotion Act 177 of 2012 HB 2460 provides multiple designations for highways and bridges READ MORE FISCAL NOTE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS State Route 233 from the western corporate limits of Newville Borough to State Route 11 in Cumberland County as the Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Morrison Memorial Highway. State Route 2038 in Horsham Township, Montgomery County from Maple Avenue to Meetinghouse Road is designated as the 2LT James P. Kelly Memorial Highway. The bridge that carries State Route 94 over Bermudian Creek in Latimore Township, Adams County, is designated as the Sgt. Michael C. Weigand Memorial Bridge. The bridge over the Allegheny River on State Routes 268 and 368 in Parker, Armstrong County is designated as the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The interchange of Exit 6 on Interstate 70 in Claysville, Washington County is designated as the Sergeant Nathan P. Kennedy Memorial Interchange. The bridge in Carroll Township, Washington County on State Route 2023 over Pigeon Creek is designated as the Stanley Jurgaitis Memorial Bridge. The Davis Street Bridge over Interstate 81 at Exit 182, Moosic Borough, Lackawanna County is re-designated as the Andrew A. Pompey and Durando J. Pompey Memorial Bridge. The eastbound bridge carrying Interstate 90 over Six-Mile Creek in Harborcreek Township, Erie County is designated as the Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell Memorial Bridge.
The Duboistown Bridge on Arch Street connecting Williamsport and Duboistown over the west branch of the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County is re-designated as the Lance Corporal Abram Howard Memorial Bridge. The bridge on Dillerville Road in Lancaster, Lancaster County is designated as the Captain Edward Anthony Davis Memorial Bridge. The bridge carrying PA Turnpike Route 43 over the Monongahela River between Denbo in Washington County and Alicia in Fayette County is designated as the PFC Ronald C. Smokey Bakewell Memorial Bridge. The bridge carrying State Route 4021 over Brubaker Run in Cambria County is designated as the Sergeant Derek Lee Shanfield Memorial Bridge The bridge carrying State Route 1004 over Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia County is designated as the Paul W. Kauffman Memorial Bridge. Interstate 95 from Mile Marker 23 to 35 in Philadelphia County is designated as the Officers O'Hanlon and Lorenzo Memorial Highway. The Ewing Road Interchange on PA Route 376 in Moon Township, Allegheny County is designated as the Jack W. Wise Interchange. U.S. Route 62 in Venango County is designated as the Venango County Veterans Highway. U.S. Route 62 in Forest County is designated as the Forest County Veterans Highway. U.S. Route 62 in Warren County is designated as the Warren County Veterans Highway. State Route 30 from Church Road to Rittenhouse Place in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County is designated as the Master Sergeant Scott Ball Memorial Avenue. The bridge which crosses the Juniata River on State Route 2015 in Catherine Township and Williamsburg Borough in Blair County is designated as the Williamsburg Memorial Bridge. State Route 837, from its intersection with State Route 1065 to its intersection with State Route 1069 in Washington County is designated as the Mayor George Bugaile Memorial Highway. The bridge carrying State Route 896 over Mill Creek in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County is designated as the PFC Brandon M. Styer Memorial Bridge. The Uniontown to Brownsville link of PA Turnpike Route 43 in Fayette County is designated as the POW/MIA/KIA Memorial Highway. The bridge carrying Morris Road over the Wissahickon Creek in Montgomery County is designated as the Jack Turner Bridge. The Mid-County Interchange (Exit 20) on Interstate 476 in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County is designated as the Morris Gerber and A. Richard Gerber Memorial Interchange. The Marshalls Creek Bypass in Monroe County is designated as the Joseph W. Battisto Bypass. State Route 739, Pike County, from State Route 6 to the state line is designated as the Pike County Veterans' Way. The bridge on State Route 4002 in Snow Shoe Township, Centre County is designated as the Clarence Bridge of Freedom for All Veterans.
According to PennDOT, installation of 2 signs, 1 in each direction, dedicating a bridge or highway costs $500. There are 28 highways or bridges in this legislation, therefore the aggregate cost to PennDOT will be $14,000. That cost can be absorbed in currently allocated funds. The Liberty Index scores Act 177 of 2012 Tier 0 (No Impact on Liberty) because it memorializes service to the country. These Acts are important functions of the General Assembly and the Governor, as elected representatives, to acknowledge those who serve for the national defense and who have given the last full measure of devotion. See also Act 158 of 2012 Merchant Marine*
Act 37 May 8 HB 1827 Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial 9-11 Bridge Mary Ellen Tiesi was 38 when she was murdered in the World Trade Center, South Tower. She was the only Clearfield County native to lose her life in the towers on 9/11. Mary Ellen Tiesi was senior vice president and account executive of AON Risk Management at the World Trade Center, South Tower Floor 105.
Act 20 of 2012 HB 1886 General Carl E. Vuono Bridge This Act creates a memorial to those who served in defense of our country and because of whom we have our Exceptional American Freedoms. Carl Edward Vuono (born October 18, 1934) is a retired United States Army General who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1987 to 1991. He was born on 18 October 1934 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He is of Italian and Finnish ancestry. He began his career as a field artillery officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy, in West Point, New York. READ MORE WIKIPEDIA West Point 2003 Distinguished Graduate The Vuono Family Endowment for Italian Culture and Literature MAN IN THE NEWS; A RARITY FOR ARMY'S TOP POST: CARL EDWARD VUONO By RICHARD HALLORAN, Special to the New York Times April 02, 1987 Gen. Carl E. Vuono, who has been nominated by President Reagan to be the Army Chief of Staff, is something of a rarity. At the age of 52 he is the Army's youngest four-star general. And he has been a full general for less than a year; only one of the Army's top 11 generals, James J. Lindsay, who heads the Readiness Command in Tampa, Fla., has held that rank for less time. READ MORE NYTIMES 1987 April 2 *
Act 140 of 2012 July 5 SB 1551 Transportation (74 Pa.C.S.) - designation of U.S. Route 202 Parkway in Montgomery and Bucks County as scenic byway and designation of bridge on U.S. Route 202 Parkway in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County as the Chief Richard J. Brady Bridge. Recognizing the Service of Police Chief Richard J. Brady