House adopts Hanna’s bridge dedication bill honoring local veteran

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, said the House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation designating the bridge at the junction of State Route 150 and State Route 64 over Fishing Creek in Mill Hall Borough, Clinton County, as the U.S. Navy SOC David M. Collins Veterans Memorial Bridge.


Hanna’s legislation, H.B. 1270, honors the life and legacy of Chief Petty Officer David Michael Collins.


David was born and raised in Lock Haven. In 1988, David enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in the first Gulf War, the Iraq War and Operation Enduring Freedom. After 25 years of service, David retired in September 2012 as a chief petty officer. On March 12, 2014, at age 45, David passed away in Virginia Beach, Va.


“Residents of Bald Eagle Township and Mill Hall Borough wished to honor Chief Petty Officer David Michael Collins’ life,” Hanna said. “So it’s only fitting that we remember this hero with a lasting tribute. I am happy to be able to contribute in this way.”


According to Hanna, if signed into law, the state Transportation Department will be required to erect and maintain appropriate signs indicating the designation to traffic.


House Bill 1270 now goes to the Senate for consideration.