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Greg Gross

A bill to rename a Newberry Township bridge for a U.S. Air Force officer cleared the state House Wednesday.

The measure, House Bill 1711, would rename the Sheep Bridge Road bridge over Interstate 83 for Staff Sgt. Jason M. Faley.

Faley, a 1991 graduate of Red Land High School, was a tactical air controller with the elite 5th Special Forces when he was killed during a training incident on March 12, 2001, in Kuwait.

He was one of six people killed in a friendly fire incident during which a U.S. Navy F/A-18 pilot dropped a bomb close to an observation post, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

The pilot and two air traffic controllers who helped direct the pilot toward the post and then gave him authorization to release three bombs were blamed for the incident, The New York Times reported in April 2001.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, would rename the bridge the Staff Sgt. Jason M. Faley Memorial Bridge.

Representatives voted unanimously to sent the bill to the Senate.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.