House Clears Legislation to Name Redbank Valley Bridge
HARRISBURG – To honor a true local hero who valiantly lost his life while serving his country halfway around the world, legislation has cleared the state House of Representatives to honor Sgt. Joseph Garrison, a native of the Redbank Valley, said Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong).

House Bill 2133, which Oberlander sponsored, would name the Route 28/66 bridge over the Red Bank Creek in southern Clarion and northern Armstrong counties, as the Sergeant Joseph M. Garrison Memorial Bridge.

“Sergeant Garrison is a hero in every sense of the word, not just for those of us who live each day under the blanket of freedom he and his fellow servicemen and servicewomen have provided and protected, but Joe was a hometown son who was beloved during his short life,” Oberlander said.

Garrison, a native of Distant, was killed in action on June 6, 2011, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Helmand Province. At age 27, he was assigned to the Second Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, II of the Marine Expeditionary Force.

“Since his death last year, the community has come together to make sure his legacy will be forever remembered,” Oberlander said. “Since this bridge is a vital link between Clarion and Armstrong counties – and New Bethlehem and South Bethlehem in particular – I think this is a very fitting tribute to acknowledge Sergeant Garrison and the ultimate sacrifice he made to protect our country.”

The bill now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. If signed into law, signs noting the designation will be placed on both sides of the bridge.

State Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Jennifer Keaton
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