– Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) yesterday honored the life and service of PFC Alton Glenn Sterner by dedicating a portion of State Route 2016 (Rockdale Road) over the Casselman River as the PFC Alton Glenn Sterner Memorial Bridge.
Sterner, a native of Rockwood Borough, served with the U.S. Army 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He gave his life in service to his country on June 19, 1953.
“PFC Sterner’s bravery and sacrifice in defense of our nation are nothing short of heroic,” said Metzgar. “Our fallen military heroes paid the ultimate price to protect liberty and freedom throughout the world, and they deserve our never-ending gratitude. I’m proud to honor PFC Sterner’s memory and service by memorializing him here, in the town he called home.”
“At the young age of just 22, PFC Sterner gave his life in service to our country. He was honored with a Purple Heart and is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington,” added Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland). “It’s also important to recognize his sacrifice in Somerset County since he was a Rockwood native. May the bridge serve as a reminder for us all of the selflessness of serving the greater good.”
The dedication ceremony took place at the Rockwood American Legion Post #279, located just south of the bridge at 136 Rockdale Road in Rockwood Borough
Pictured left to right are Colleen Dawson, Somerset County commissioner; Lorrie Bruner (niece); Connie Shaffer (niece); Gloria Johnston, (niece); Lee Sterner (brother); Pamela Tokar-Ickes, Somerset County commissioner; Gerald Walker, Somerset County commissioner; and Melissa Cramer, mayor of Rockwood Borough.