Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes approved by House committee

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – A measure to honor three men who died while serving their country and their community was approved by the House Transportation Committee, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2088 would make the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, PFC Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and CPL Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County:

  • A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as S. Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, to be designated as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. In January 2010, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 35.
  • The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, to be designated as the PFC Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. The Brownsville native served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, Third Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944.
  • The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, to be designated as the CPL Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange. Easter joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and served in the Vietnam War as an infantryman with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, B Company. On Jan. 31, 1971, he was killed in the line of duty in the Quang Tin providence of South Vietnam at the age of 20.

“I am pleased that my colleagues approved my bill to honor our local heroes,” Snyder said. “These honorable men deserve recognition for their service and sacrifices to our country and our community, putting their very lives on the line to protect the freedoms we hold dear.”

The bill now heads to the House for further consideration.