Phillips-Hill: Governor signs law to forever remember local fallen Marine

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf signed a measure into law that will dedicate a bridge near Lake Redman in honor of fallen U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Michael Cohen, according to Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), who sponsored the legislation.

A York County native, Cohen attended Dallastown Area School District. Following graduation, he attended York Technical Institute and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cohen opted out of his graduation and moved up his enlistment date following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The local Marine was involved in a deadly battle in Fallujah, which would later be known as the “bloodiest battle since Vietnam” in 2004. He paid the ultimate sacrifice on November 22, 2004.

Family and friends reached out to Phillips-Hill to sponsor legislation to forever remember Cpl. Cohen’s life, service and dedication to the country and community. The senator’s legislation was amended into another bill that was signed into law by the governor.

“We can never fully thank those who paid the ultimate price on the battlefield,” Phillips-Hill said. “This bridge will be dedicated so everyone who passes over can see Corporal Cohen’s name, remember his service and be grateful that he answered the nation’s call to protect the freedoms we cherish today.”

Phillips-Hill will hold a dedication ceremony for family and close friends of Corporal Cohen later this year. The Corporal Michael Cohen Memorial Bridge will be located along Iron Stone Hill Road (State Route 2087) over Inners Creek near Lake Redman.

The event will be livestreamed on Phillips-Hill’s Facebook Page.

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