Bypass Being Named to Honor Local War Hero

By Ali Ingersoll

Published 07/08 2014 12:01AM

Updated 07/08 2014 12:18AM

Part of a Centre County road is now named after a local war hero.

The bypass at State Route 45, Route 26 and Business Route 322 will now be named Adam Hartswick Highway.

Sergeant Hartswick lost both his legs after stepping on an IED while helping another wounded soldier.  The State College native was serving in Afghanistan.

Representative Scott Conklin proposed the legislation.  He says it is a small token of appreciation but a good reminder of Hartswick's heroism.

Adam's mom received a call this morning from the representative, telling her about the highway's name change. She says the legislature has been about a year in the making and she is excited it was finally passed and the roadway named after her son will be a part of the Centre County community.

"It'll be a real treat to drive down a road named after my son," says Morgen Hummel, Adam's mom.  "I drive that stretch of road almost every day and it'll be kind of neat to have his name on it because it is so rare to see a piece of road named after someone.  You always think 'That person must have done something really great' and it's neat to be a part of that."

Hummel says there will be an official ceremony when the new name is revealed. She says she'll be there along with Adam and other members of the family.

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