Hometown Heros of Bridge of Freedom

By John Clay

Published 09/13 2013 12:04AM

Updated 09/13 2013 12:14AM

In this Hometown Heros segment,  we introduce you to the 9 men who were honored in Altoona. They were the 9 Blair County men killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 8th Street Bridge in Altoona is now called the "Bridge of Freedom". It honors those from Blair County who died fighting the war on terror.

From Altoona, they include:

35 year old Navy Petty Officer Robert Jenkins who was killed May 2nd, 2004 by enemy fire in Iraq.
24 year old Army Private First Class Larry Parks, jr who was killed June 18, 2007 by enemy fire in Iraq.
25 year old Army Specialist Michael hook, who was killed August 22nd 2007 in a helecopter crash in Iraq
And 25 year old Marine Staff Sergeant Matthew Ingham, who was killed January 11th, 2010 during an attack in Afghanistan

From Hollidaysburg, they include:

22 year old Army Sergeant Brandon Adams, who was killed September 19th, 2004 from a grenade attack in Iraq.
38 year old Marine Gunnery Sergeant Ronald Baum, who was killed May 3rd, 2004 by a rocket attack in Iraq.
22 year old Army Sergeant Curtis Forshey, who died March 27th after falling ill in Iraq.
And 28 year old Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Lightner, who was killed October 27th, 2005 from an explosive in Iraq.

And from Williamsburg, 20 year old Army Specialist Chad Edmundson, who was killed May 27th, 2009 from an explosive device in Iraq.

3 Blair County towns tied together by the actions of 9 honorable men, and connected by The Bridge of Freedom.

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