Indiana Service Members to be Honored by Bridge Renamings

Four Indiana County bridges will be renamed to honor local service members under a bill signed into law by the Governor, according to Senator Don White and Representatives Dave Reed and Cris Dush.

Senate Bill 1002, which was sponsored by Senator White and signed into law as Act 70 of 2018, renames the bridge over the Mahoning Creek in Grant Township and Canoe Township as the Army SPC Christine L. Mayes Memorial Bridge. Representative Dush introduced a companion bill (House Bill 1881) in the House of Representatives.

Army Sp4 Mayes, who lived in Rochester Mills and attended Marion Center High School, was killed in a February 1991 scud missile attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 28 soldiers and wounded 28 others.

Prior to final passage in the General Assembly, SB 1002 was amended to include the language of three other bills introduced by Senator White to honor other Indiana County residents who died in the line of duty:

Senate Bill 974 renames the Route 286 bridge over the South Branch of Cush Creek River in Montgomery Township as the SPC. Edward John Parada Memorial Bridge.

Army Sp4 Parada, who was born and raised in Montgomery Township and graduated from Purchase Line High School, was killed in action in Vietnam in August 1970.

Senate Bill 1063 renames the Route 286 bridge over Two Lick Creek in Clymer as the Corporal Louis R. Tate Memorial Bridge. Representative Reed introduced the companion bill (House Bill 2254) in the House.

Army Cpl. Tate, who was born in Arcadia and attended Clymer High School, was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge in February 1945 while serving with the Headquarters Company of the 304 Infantry Anti-Tank Battalion.

Senate Bill 1097 renames the Route 286 bridge over the Two Lick Creek in Clymer as the Lance Corporal Joshua T. Twigg Memorial Bridge. Representative Reed introduced the companion bill (House Bill 2423) in the House.

Marine LCpl. Twigg, who lived in Clymer and attended Penns Manor High School, was killed in action as a member of a patrol struck by small arms fire in Afghanistan in September 2010.

Contact:          Joe Pittman     jpittman@pasen.gov