Senate advances legislation designating bridge in honor of local fallen Marine

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved legislation today that would designate the bridge carrying Iron Stone Hill Road (State Route 2087) over Inners Creek near Lake Redman in York County as the Corporal Michael Cohen Memorial Bridge, according to the measure’s sponsor, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Corporal Michael Cohen was a resident of York County and attended Dallastown Area School District. Cpl. Cohen was attending York Technical Institute and was studying to receive a computer degree when he chose to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Immediately following the attack on September 11, 2001, Cpl. Cohen moved up his enlistment date and missed his graduation. Cohen was involved in what would later be called the “bloodiest battle since Vietnam” and lost his life when he was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 22, 2004.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to every man and woman who puts on the uniform of our Armed Forces and dedicates their life to serve our nation,” Phillips-Hill said. “Family and friends of Corporal Cohen, along with patriots throughout our community, felt this would be a great way to forever remember this brave and noble young man who perished over 15 years ago fighting for all of our freedoms we enjoy today. His sacrifice should never be forgotten.”

Phillips-Hill’s Senate Bill 1069 was amended into House Bill 1510, which now heads back to the House of Representatives for concurrence on amendments made by the Senate.

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