Nine Indiana County Bridges Renamed to Honor Military Service Members

INDIANA – Nine service members from Indiana County were honored on Saturday, July 29, with their names placed on county bridges and interchanges.

Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41), Rep. Brian Smith (R-66) and Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-62) joined Indiana County Sheriff Robert Fyock, Major Chris King, the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard, representatives from the American Legion Clymer Post 222, Indiana County Commissioners Mike Keith, Robin Gorman and Sherene Hess, as well as families of the service members, for a dedication ceremony held at the Clymer Memorial Park.

Legislation was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law as Act 23 of 2022, containing the six state bridge and interchange designations:

Three township bridge designations were also unveiled as part of Saturday’s event:

  • Tech 4 William Balogh Memorial Bridge
  • WWII POW Elmer E. Barr Specialist 4th Class Memorial Bridge
  • PFC Joseph Samuel Patterson Memorial Bridge

“I’m pleased to have worked with Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Jim Struzzi and local leaders, to honor these Indiana County residents and their families who have paid such a heavy price in defense of our freedoms,” Pittman said. “We are forever indebted to these brave heroes for their service to our country and community.”  

“I hope drivers in Indiana County and across the Commonwealth remember the sacrifice of these service members each time they cross over the memorial bridges,” Smith said. “It’s thanks to them that we wake up each morning in a free country.”

“It was a humbling experience to be a part of this dedication ceremony and honoring these 9 veterans with their families and friends present,” Struzzi said. “My hope is for these dedicated roads and bridges to be a reminder of the sacrifices that veterans past, present and future make.”


Media Contacts:         

Kate Eckhart Flessner (Sen. Pittman)

Jake Gillespie (Rep. Smith)

Tricia Lehman (Rep. Struzzi)

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