Monday, March 19, 2007

Grove City Council Recommends Chestnut Street Bridge Name Change

Grove City Borough Council voted tonight to recommend to Mercer County Commissioners that the Chestnut Street Bridge be renamed to memorialize a local casualty from the Iraq War. The proposed name is the Staff Sergeant Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge.

SSG Graham was killed in action on September 25, 2005 in Balad, Iraq. He was a 1989 Grove City high School graduate.

The council voted 7-2 in favor of the name change. Beth Cooney and Rick Slagle were the dissenting members. Before the vote, Graham's sister, Sheila Berry spoke to council about her family's feelings about Shawn and the honor of naming the bridge after him.

The next step is for the borough to forward the recommendation to the Mercer County Commissioners for action.

EXTRA: Watch the implosion of the Chestnut Street Bridge! (Hat tip to Moonlight Photo Services!)

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