Neuman: Officer Scott L. Bashioum Memorial Bridge bill sent to governor

Senate votes unanimously to honor slain Canonsburg police officer

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, said the state Senate today unanimously approved his measure that would dedicate a local bridge to honor slain Canonsburg police officer Scott Bashioum.

“I’m thankful for the Senate’s support of the measure as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that took Officer Bashioum from us,” Neuman said.  “Soon, the Central Avenue Bridge over Chartiers Creek in Canonsburg will forever be known as the Officer Scott L. Bashioum Memorial Bridge to honor this hero who is missed so dearly.”

Bashioum, 52, was slain in the early hours of Nov. 10, 2016, responding to a domestic violence report along Woodcrest Drive in Canonsburg. Bashioum was a seven-year veteran of Canonsburg Police Force, a 29-year U.S. Air Force veteran and a local firefighter.

Neuman said House Bill 103 now heads to the governor for his signature into law. The measure was sought throughout the community, as well as by Canonsburg’s borough council, mayor and police chief.

“The love and respect Officer Bashioum earned through his sacrifice and service is evident in the unanimous support voiced by the House and Senate,” Neuman said. “In this partisan environment, it is encouraging to see that we can come together to honor and memorialize a fallen hero.”

Neuman’s H.B. 103 honors other heroes in the tragedy, including:

  • Bashioum’s partner, Officer James Saieva, who was wounded in the ambush;

  • Canonsburg Officer Donald Cross, who, under gunfire, risked his life to save Bashioum and Saieva; and

  • Officer John Holt and Sgt. Matt Collins of the Cecil Township and Peters Township police departments, respectively, who displayed incredible bravery during the events of Nov. 10.

The measure also pays tribute to Dalia Sabae, who was pregnant at the time of her death at the hands of the alleged shooter. Sabae, 28, was an intern working toward a pharmacist license.

“It’s been a difficult 11 months since that tragic November morning,” Neuman said. “Each day our community, friends of the victims and all those harmed by the violence continue to try to heal.”