Legislation naming bridge after fallen corrections officer becomes law

HARRISBURG, July 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery’s legislation to name a bridge after a federal corrections officer from Luzerne County who was killed in the line of duty is now law.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a bill (H.B. 501) that included Mullery’s legislation to name the bridge on S.R. 3005 over the outlet of Lily Lake in Conyngham Township 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.

“Eric made the ultimate sacrifice while helping to keep us safe, and I’m pleased that we are honoring his memory,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township. “Naming this bridge after him is certainly a fitting tribute.”

Williams was an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoyed spending time at a cottage he owned on Lilly Lake. He was a native of Nanticoke.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be responsible for erecting two signs at the bridge. The law will take effect 60 days after the governor signed it.