Former Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller
Former Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller

The state House of Representatives honored late Loganville fire chief Rodney Miller Monday by voting to name the bridge at the Loganville interchange of Interstate 83 in Springfield Township in his memory.

House Bill 1707 was introduced by Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, and passed unanimously. Before the House vote Miller, no relation to Rodney Miller, said the bridge would serve as a reminder to the community of the value of service. Miller said he also hopes it inspires others in the Loganville community to volunteer.

The bill will also need to be approved by a vote in the Senate, which Miller said could be in January.

Miller said he witnessed the chief's dedication first-hand during a fire at Adhesives Research in Glen Rock, the company for which Miller worked before being elected to the House.

Miller said the chief's hours on the scene turned into days following the fire, which Rep. Miller said was a testament to the former chief's dedication.

The bridge, now named the Rodney P. Miller Memorial Bridge, is just a few miles from where Chief Miller lost his life April 27 when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver while directing traffic at a crash site on I83 83 near the Glen Rock exit. Miller was 45.

-- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.