Governor Signs Law Naming Bridge in Honor of Fallen Wildlife Conservation Officer, Says Moul

A House bill, introduced by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Tom Corbett designating the bridge crossing Marsh Creek on Business Route 15, which joins Freedom and Cumberland townships in Adams County, as the Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove Memorial Bridge. 

“I am very pleased that this bill received unanimous support from members of both chambers of the General Assembly and our governor,” said Moul. “Naming the bridge in Officer Grove’s honor commemorates his commitment and selfless service to our citizens and serves as an appropriate tribute to his life.” 

Grove, formerly of Fairfield, Adams County, served as a wildlife conservation officer for about 10 years in Franklin and Adams counties before he was killed in the line of duty on the night of Nov. 11, 2010. Grove, who was called to investigate night-time shooting and potential poaching in Adams County that night, was shot and killed around 10:30 p.m. News reports have revealed that the alleged suspect was later apprehended and charged with the crime.   

These types of investigations are typical procedures for the men and women of the Pennsylvania Game Commission whose jobs involve ensuring that Pennsylvania’s game laws are obeyed by hunters. 

“Officer Grove lost his life while upholding the laws of this Commonwealth, but those who travel across that bridge everyday in Adam and Franklin counties will forever be reminded of his heroic actions,” said Moul. 

According to the new law, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will erect and maintain signs displaying Grove’s name to traffic in both directions. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be mounting a commemorative plaque into the concrete of the bridge.  

State Representative Dan Moul
91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Donna Pinkham

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