House Passes Bill Sponsored by Sen. Corman to Name Highway After Centre County Soldier Wounded in Iraq

(HARRISBURG) – The State House today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Jake Corman (R-Benner Twp.) designating a portion of State Route 26 in Centre County as the Marine Sergeant David “DJ” Emery Highway.

Senator Jake Corman introduced Senate Bill 999 as a fitting tribute to a true American hero who was wounded February 7, 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“We have the honor of naming a state highway after Marine Sergeant David “DJ” Emery, who served our Commonwealth, the United States of America and the United States Marine Corps with honor so that men, women and children abroad can live in a free society and enjoy the liberties of a democracy, free of tyranny and oppression,” Corman said.

David “DJ” Emery, Jr., was born August 23, 1985. He graduated from Bellefonte Area High School in 2003 and studied masonry at the Centre County Vocational-Technical School. He was always an active outdoorsman and has a love of motorcycles.

Emery enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 2003 and, following completion of basic training was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and then again in 2006.

Private First Class Emery served with distinction in the 4th Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2/4 Gulf Company until February 7, 2007, when he was seriously wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber. Emery was promoted to Sergeant on May 9, 2007.

Corman garnered the support of Spring and Marion Township officials, along with PennDOT officials, before introducing Senate Bill 999.

Corman’s Senate Bill 999 originally passed in the Senate on October 1, 2007. Because SB 999 was amended in the House, it must return to the Senate for the concurrence vote.

Don Houser
Phone: 717 787-1377