House Transportation Committee advances bill honoring fallen local Marine

HARRISBURG – Legislation designating the portion of Iron Stone Hill Road (State Route 2087) that crosses the East Branch of the Codorus Creek as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge has advanced out of the House Transportation Committee, according to state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Rep. Mike Jones (R-York Township). Senate Bill 441 received the unanimous approval in the Senate earlier this month.

“This is one of many ways we can remember and celebrate the life of Sgt. Wrinkle and his service dog, Tosca,” Phillips-Hill said. “I’m extremely grateful for the House committee’s swift action so we can properly commemorate this local Marine to ensure his bravery is not soon forgotten.”

“Sgt. Wrinkle and Tosca died not only in service to their country, but in service to each other as fellow soldiers serving admirably by each other’s side, even unto death,” added Jones. “May they rest in peace while their legacy lives on in this much-deserved commemoration.”

Sgt. Wrinkle is a 2001 Dallastown High School graduate. Following graduation, he served as a Special Operations Multi-Purpose K9 Handler for the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Company G and Marine Special Operations Team 8221 in Herat Province, Afghanistan. He was deployed on July 1, 2011, and died the following July 31 while trying to rescue his service dog, Tosca, from a barracks fire.

The legislation may now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill’s remarks here.

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