Bill that would name bridge in honor of fallen corrections officer receives committee approval

HARRISBURG, April 15 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, that would name a bridge in Conyngham Township in honor of a local corrections officer killed in the line of duty was unanimously approved by the House Transportation Committee today.


House Bill 629, which can now be considered by the full House of Representatives, would name the bridge on S.R. 3005 over the outlet of Lily Lake as the Senior Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial Bridge.


A corrections officer at the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, Williams was killed during an unprovoked attack by an inmate in February 2013. He was 34 years old.


“Officer Williams was a dedicated public servant who put his life on the line for his commonwealth and his country," Mullery said. “During his time off, he enjoyed spending time at his cottage at Lily Lake. Naming a bridge at the lake would be a fitting tribute to him and ensure his sacrifice is always remembered.”


Williams was a 1996 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, and graduated from King's College with a criminal justice degree. Before he began serving as a federal corrections officer on Sept. 11, 2011, he spent years working as a police officer.