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Committee Substitute House Concurrent Resolution 55 History

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 55

(By Delegates Campbell, Hartman, Lynch, Williams, Skaff, L. Phillips, Staggers, M. Poling and Reynolds)

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge known as Shavers Fork Bridge on U.S. Route 33 near Bowden in Randolph County, bridge number 42-33-18.44, as the “Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Trooper Brian William Linn was born in Elkins, West Virginia on April 22, 1982 to Thomas C. Linn and Marty Ruth Snelson; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn graduated from Elkins High School in 2000, where he was active in athletics and other extracurricular activities, and was an avid outdoorsman; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 229th Engineering Unit at Camp Dawson, West Virginia, in April of 2000, and was deployed to Camp Doha, Kuwait, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom before being transferred to the A Battery 201st Field Artillery Unit and later being deployed to Scania, Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn was honorably discharged on March 24, 2007, having attained the rank of Specialist E-4, and having been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, the Army Service Ribbon and a Driver’s Mechanic Badge; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn enlisted in the West Virginia State Police on September 26, 2005, and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 55th Cadet Class and earned an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from Marshall University during his State police training. He was stationed at the Charles Town State Police Detachment in Jefferson County, and became a resident of Martinsburg; and

    Whereas, Trooper Brian William Linn died in the line of duty on November 3, 2007, while responding to a call for assistance by a fellow Trooper at Kearneysville; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn is survived by his wife, Melissa; two daughters, Paige, age fourteen and Madeline, age seven, and was a proud and dedicated husband and father; and

    Whereas, Trooper Linn is also survived by his parents Thomas C. Linn and Marty Ruth Snelson, and by his stepmother, Vicki Linn, stepfather, Arnold Snelson, two brothers Mary Linn and Aaron Linn, two stepsisters, Mandi Foster and Holly Baughman, two stepbrothers, Michael Foster and Larry Snelson, paternal grandmother, one niece, two nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia State Police play an essential role in safeguarding the safety, rights and freedoms of all West Virginians, often at their own peril; and

    Whereas, Trooper Brian William Linn gave of himself with bravery in the face of personal danger and in his supreme sacrifice for his community brings honor to his family, friends, fellow troopers, the citizens of Randolph, Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, and the entire state of West Virginia; and

    Whereas, It is fitting to honor Trooper Brian William Linn for his sacrifice to protect his fellow man and advance the common good by naming the bridge known as Shavers Fork Bridge on U.S. Route 33 near Harman in Randolph County, bridge number 42-33-18.44, as the “Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge”; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the West Virginia Legislature:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the bridge known as Shavers Fork Bridge on U.S. Route 33 near Bowden in Randolph County, bridge number 42-33-18.44, as the “Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge”’; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, to his wife, Melissa, and to his daughters Paige Linn and Madeline Linn.

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