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Bucks County Renames Yardley Bridge for Army Pilot Killed in Vietnam



Bucks County Bridge #313 in Yardley reopened last week as the Warrant Officer William Warren Breece, Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Breece, of Morrisville, was killed in action Dec. 5, 1968, while serving as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

The 20-year-old Pennsbury High School graduate had been in Vietnam for just six weeks when, despite being outnumbered and already severely wounded, he initiated an attack to aid friendly soldiers on the ground. While on his attack run, Breece was struck and mortally wounded by an enemy round.

PHOTO: From left, Bucks County Commissioners Gene DiGirolamo, Bob Harvie and Diane Ellis-Marseglia, joined by Yardley Borough Mayor Chris Harding and veterans’ advocate Ed Preston, stand Wednesday atop the newly dedicated Warrant Officer William W. Breece, Jr., Memorial Bridge
Credit: Bucks County

“In his final moments, Warrant Officer Breece displayed a bravery and commitment to his countrymen that should inspire us all,” said Commissioner Chair Bob Harvie. “We are immensely grateful for his service, and for the opportunity to make this small piece of his hometown a permanent part of his legacy.”

The county-owned bridge dedicated in Breece’s memory crosses the Delaware Canal at Letchworth Avenue, Yardley. It is the fourth bridge dedicated to the memory of a fallen Vietnam soldier as part of a project, administered in partnership local veterans’ advocate Ed Preston, meant to honor Bucks County residents who died in the Vietnam War.

For his “quick thinking, aggressive action and extraordinary heroism in close combat,” Breece was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He is credited with saving numerous friendly lives.

Breece is buried in Newtown Cemetery.

PHOTO: Community members, veterans and veterans’ advocates, including the Warriors’ Watch Riders, were in attendance Wednesday during the dedication of the Warrant Officer William W. Breece, Jr., Memorial Bridge in Yardley Borough.
Credit: Bucks County

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Health - Bensalem Township

Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured




Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Bucks Judge Orders Triple Killer Committed for 60-Day Mental Health Evaluation



The man accused of killing three family members, hours before the Levittown St. Patrick’s Day parade causing it to be cancelled followed by a hours long manhunt, has been ordered to be evaluated at a state behavioral health facility.

Andre Gordon 26, a homeless Trenton, N.J man who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of second-degree murder in connection to his March 16 rampage in Lower Bucks County has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by a Bucks County Judge Raymond F. McHugh.  The evaluation period is not to exceed 60 days, court records show.]

Mr. Gordon is to be committed to Norristown Hospital or Torrance State Hospital under the Mental Health Procedures Act (AKA 302 and 302 b.) for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, said Manuel Gamiz Jr., director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. He added the facts about the petition are publicly available at this link. 

Killed in Gordon’s alleged killing spree was his 52-year-old stepmother, Karen Gordon, 13-year-old sister, Kera Gordon, and 25-year-old mother of his children, Taylor Daniel.

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In May, Gordon was charged with aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer —and eight related offenses stemming from an incident in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.

District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said she is seeking the death penalty, if the case goes to trial.

Marcel Johnson, now 31, is the last Bucks County resident sentenced to death. He was convicted in 2015 for the 2013 killing of five months pregnant Ebony Talley, 22, and daughter R’mani Rankins, 4. Rankins murder is what earned Johnson the death penalty.  The last person executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidink in 1979 by lethal injection.


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Human Interest - Bensalem Township

Bucks Co Appoints New CEO of Library System




Bucks County has a new library system director.

The Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) Board of Directors appointed Dana Barber as the library system’s new chief executive officer at their June 17, 2024 board meeting.

She assumed the role beginning on July 15.

Barber has served as director of the Margaret R Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol Borough for the past 10 years, with a focus on creating strategic partnerships to enhance library services.

She received the 2023 Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association in recognition of her leadership skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated team at BCFL to continue to enhance library services and foster meaningful relationships with patrons and partners,” Barber said.

Barber is excited by the new opportunity to share her vision for public library services as leader of the county system.

“Our libraries are vibrant community hubs providing access to high-quality information, essential support and education, and equitable spaces. They truly are for everyone!” she said.

Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Martina Kominiarek, has served as the library’s CEO for more than 20 years.

“With Dana at the helm, I’m confident we’ll continue to thrive and innovate, serving our communities in even more dynamic and impactful ways,” she said.

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