Measure Passes Senate to Name Highway in Honor of Local Hero, Sent to Governor

HARRISBURG – Zachariah W. Long, a local hero killed in Iraq, will be forever acknowledged due to legislation that was unanimously passed in the Senate today, said Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder), author of the proposal. 

Under House Bill 1792, the portion of highway to be designated in Long’s memory stretches from the intersection of Route 642 and Route 54 and proceeding west to the border of Northumberland and Union counties.

Long, a former resident of Northumberland County, graduated from Milton Senior High School in June 2001 and enlisted in the Army Delayed Entry Program during his junior year. Upon completing basic training, he was assigned as a long-range surveillance specialist. Although he was eligible to attend Army Ranger school, he chose instead to go to Iraq with his team, stating that Army Ranger school would be there for him in the future.

“Zachariah’s mission in life was to serve his country and it means a lot to have this portion of Route 642 named after him near his hometown,” said Culver. “This dedication pays tribute to a patriot who saved fellow Americans by going to Iraq and participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. During this very dangerous time, we appreciate his sacrifice and willingness to want to serve our country.”

Culver would like to thank Sen. John Gordner and his staff for shepherding this legislation through the Senate.

Long was assigned to the 519 Military Intelligence Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He was deployed to Iraq in February 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed outside Mosul, Iraq, on May 30, 2003.

The legislation has been sent to the governor to be signed into law.

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives