McFadden Memorial Bridge Dedication Scheduled March 17

Introduced by State Rep. Jeff Wheeland

WILLIAMSPORT – The West Fourth Street Bridge over Lycoming Creek in Williamsport will be dedicated to the memory of Alexander M. McFadden, the first chief of police in the city, on Friday, March 17, at noon, said State Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Lycoming). The bridge is located adjacent to the historic Bowman Field.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

“Chief McFadden is a vital part of the history of Williamsport, and it is fitting that we honor his service and memory with this dedication,” Wheeland said. “This event will also pay tribute to all police officers. Their devotion to the safety of our residents is second-to-none.”

Wheeland said McFadden was appointed chief of police on July 2, 1866. At that time, Chief McFadden was joined by officers Samuel B. Coder, Apollos W. Grafius and George W. Wilkinson. This marked the beginning of the 145-year history of the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

McFadden served from 1866-1867.

Wheeland’s House Bill 112 creating the designation was passed unanimously on February 7 and is awaiting a final vote in the Senate.

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