Snyder: Measure to honor local fallen heroes passes House

HARRISBURG, June 10 – A bill that includes designations to honor three local men who died while serving their country and their community passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1510 included 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 South Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. Ten years ago, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away last year at 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, as the Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. Duda of Brownsville served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd 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, 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 20.

“I am humbled and honored by my colleagues’ action today to bestow this honor to these three local heroes, because each one of them deserves to be recognized for their service and ultimate sacrifices to their community and to their country,” said Snyder.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.