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SCR5 SUB1 Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 History

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SCR5 SUB1
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 5

(By Senators Yost and Edgell)

[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]


Requesting the Division of Highways to name the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, bridge number 52-48-0.01, the "Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge".
     Whereas, Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham was born on September 11, 1926, in Rymer, Marion County, West Virginia; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham attended Pine Grove High School; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was drafted in 1944, at the age of 18, into the United States Army's 77th Infantry Division; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham became a member of the Army Air Corps and served during World War II until 1947, including at Okinawa and Yokohama, Japan; and
     Whereas, During Sgt. Cunningham's service in Japan, he attempted to save the lives of two young girls from drowning, and was recognized by the community for his efforts; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham returned home and married Martha Lou Brown of Piney, West Virginia, on January 17, 1948; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham reenlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951, and went on to serve in the Korean War with the 2750th Medical Group in France and the 75th Transport Squadron; and
     Whereas, After leaving the military in 1953, Sgt. Cunningham worked for Consolidated Natural Gas for over thirty-five years until his retirement; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham also operated a meat cutting, wrapping and storage business in Reader, and often provided his services free of charge to those who could not afford them; and
     Whereas, In 1969, Sgt. Cunningham received an award from the American Red Cross for saving the life of a Reader, West Virginia, girl after nearly drowning in Fishing Creek, just below the Reader Bridge; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was known to all who knew and loved him as Mr. Haney, because he enjoyed buying, selling and trading anything and everything; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Reader and a member of the Benton M. Lowe Post 81 American Legion of Pine Grove; and
     Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham passed away in January, 2013, leaving behind his beloved wife, five children, thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; and
     Whereas, It is fitting and proper that the military service of Sgt. Cunningham, his service to the Reader community and his life- saving rescue under the Reader Bridge be honored by naming the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, bridge number 52-48-0.01, the "Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge"; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
 That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, bridge number 52-48-0.01, the "Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham 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 "Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge"; and, be it
 Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the surviving family of Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham.
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