FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Brandon Neuman
House passes bill to create Officer John David Dryer Memorial Interchange
HARRISBURG, May 9 – The state House this week unanimously passed legislation H.B. 2215, which would designate the interchange at the intersection of Route 136 and Interstate 70 in Washington County as the Officer John David Dryer Memorial Interchange.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Brandon Neuman to honor the life of East Washington Borough police officer, John David Dryer, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 19, 2011.
"There is nothing we can do to replace an extraordinary man like Officer Dryer; all we can do is try to remember his courage and dedication to our community," said Neuman, D-Washington. "This would give his name a prominent spot in the community so he is always remembered. I thank the House for its support of legislation that is so meaningful and important to the Washington County community."
Last December, Dryer observed a vehicle in East Washington Borough and initiated a routine traffic stop on the highway; another officer arrived to assist him. Unfortunately, a confrontation occurred and the driver shot both Dryer and the other officer. Dryer died as a result of the assault.
Dryer also served as a police officer for Donegal Township and Midway Borough.
In addition to his accomplishments in law enforcement, Dryer successfully owned and operated the Chestnut Veterinary Clinic in Washington County and was previously employed as an equine veterinarian throughout North America.
Earlier in the week, the House also adopted Neuman's H.R. 578, which recognizes the sacrifices and accomplishments of Dryer throughout his career as a police officer.