Senate Transportation Committee Approves Bill to Rename Bernville Robesonia Road after Local POW-MIA

HARRISBURG – Legislation to designate State Routes 3035 and 3033, a six-mile stretch of roadway that runs through Robesonia Borough and Heidelberg, North Heidelberg and Penn Townships in Berks County, as the Captain David Eric Pannabecker POW-MIA Memorial Highway was unanimously approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1395, was introduced by the Berks County Senate Delegation in memory of Capt. Pannabecker after a suggestion by local residents.

Captain Pannebecker went missing while on a day rescue mission after his aircraft, the “Super Jolly Green Giant,” a heavy lift helicopter, went down in Cambodia while on a day rescue mission on March 27, 1972.

“I’m pleased to join my fellow Berks County legislators in recognizing this stretch of road to honor Capt. Pannabecker,” said Senator Folmer (R-48). “This is a token of our appreciation for his service, and a daily reminder for all who travel the highway to never forget those servicemen who did not come home.”

“In a couple weeks, it will be 40 years since Capt. Pannabecker’s disappearance,” said Senator Argall (R-29). “This legislation is a Berks County team effort spurred by local residents in an effort to honor a brave and noble American. I appreciate the leadership of the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Rafferty, for quickly moving this bill through committee.”

“Captain Pannabecker’s service to his fellow citizens should never be forgotten,” said Senator Rafferty (R-44). “This highway designation will stand as a permanent tribute to a brave son of Berks County.”

“It is a fitting tribute to a member of our community who served our country so bravely and selflessly,” added Senator Schwank (D-11).

Senate Bill 1395 now moves to the floor of the Senate for its consideration.

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