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Bridge named in honor of slain Pa. wildlife conservation officer

July 07, 2011
  • Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove
Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday signed legislation naming an Adams County, Pa., bridge for David L. Grove, a wildlife conservation officer killed in the line of duty in November 2010.

Grove, 31, was a graduate of Grace Academy in Hagerstown and lived in Waynesboro, Pa., before moving to Fairfield, Pa.

Corbett signed House Bill 1255, naming a bridge crossing Marsh Creek on Business Route 15 joining Freedom and Cumberland townships in Adams County. The bridge is now the Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove Memorial Bridge.

State Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, sponsored the bill. It was co-sponsored by state Reps. Todd Rock, R-Franklin; Will Tallman, R-Adams/York; and Thomas R. Caltagirone, D-Berks.

Grove died while investigating night hunting and poaching in Adams County, Pa. Thousands of mourners, including then-Gov. Ed Rendell, attended his memorial service at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Fairfield, Pa., resident Christopher Lynn Johnson, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in Grove’s death. His public defender has requested a change of venue and that statements made after his arrest be suppressed for trial.

Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner has filed a notice of aggravating circumstances needed to seek the death penalty against Johnson. Among the three circumstances cited was that Grove was a law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Police allege Johnson shot Grove four times, including a fatal wound to the back of his neck.

House Bill 1255 passed both the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pennsylvania Senate unanimously.

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— Jennifer Fitch

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