Bridge dedication honors soldier in Pittston

Federal, state and local officials today joined family members of Spc. Dale J. Kridlo to dedicate the bridge that carries Route 11 over the Susquehanna River between Pittston and West Pittston.


Kridlo, a member of the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 7, 2010.


“As a native of Greater Pittston, this dedication memorializes Dale’s sacrifice and service to the United States and will serve as a perpetual reminder of his unselfish commitment to all who cross this bridge,” Carroll stated.


Kridlo, 33, was killed in action in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, during a route clearing mission near the Pakistan border when his unit was attacked. Kridlo was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among an array of medals and ribbons for his service to our country.


“Corporal Kridlo was a bridge fortified with courage, built with passion and purpose. His life, like the bridge we dedicate in his honor today, will span the ages and forever stand as a testament to the contribution he has made to his family and country,” said Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon.


“The dedicated men and women of our country’s Armed Forces risk their lives across the globe every day to protect our freedoms. As we are reminded by Specialist Kridlo, these risks are often extraordinary and can be tragic. It is imperative we never forget Dale’s sacrifice and the sacrifice made by so many of his fellow soldiers,” added U.S. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, PA-17.


“It is a privilege to join with the Kridlo family to honor the service of Specialist Dale Kridlo and his sacrifice for our nation,” said Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne. “While nothing we can do will ease the pain of his loss, it is my hope that this small act serves as a lasting public reminder of the great sacrifice that Specialist Kridlo and his family have made for us and our freedom.”


Numerous local officials from both Pittston and West Pittston were in attendance in support of this dedication.