Rapp Legislation Designating Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 Memorial Bridge Clears PA House Unanimously
11/17/2015
HARRISBURG —Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) announced today that House Bill 1579, which would rename the Route 62 Bridge in Tionesta, Forest County, as the Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 Memorial Bridge, has passed the Pennsylvania House unanimously.

“Born and raised in Forest County and a graduate of West Forest County High School, Michael was not only a highly decorated military hero, but also a hometown son who was beloved during his short life,” said Rapp.

Courageously serving with the 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, McLaughlin became the first field grade officer of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to die in action since World War II when he was killed by a suicide bomber in Ramadi, Iraq, on Jan. 5, 2006.

“Since his death almost a decade ago, the local community, especially the more than 100 members of AMVETS Post 113, have come together to make sure Michael’s legacy as a true citizen soldier will be forever remembered,” said Rapp. “It is my hope that the designation of this prominent Forest County bridge will be a daily reminder for many to be grateful for the sacrifices of Michael and all those who have selflessly served to protect our freedoms.”

House Bill 1579 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. If enacted, signs noting the designation will be placed on both sides of the bridge.

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Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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