House passes bill to name section of road after Sgt. Adam Hartswick

The state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that could rename a Centre County road in honor of Sgt. Adam Hartswick.

Last spring while stationed in Afghanistan as a combat medic, Hartswick was severely injured and lost both of his legs to an improvised explosive device while he was aiding a wounded soldier.

Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, who initiated the bill in August, said Hartswick would have liked to be in Harrisburg during the vote Tuesday afternoon, but he was unable to because of his continuing hospital rehabilitation.

Hartswick is a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., but he often comes back to his Pine Grove Mills home. He is a 2009 graduate of State College Area High School.

The bill could head to the Senate as early as Wednesday, Conklin said. If passed there, the bill would go to the governor for his signature, then to the state Department of Transportation, which would then place a sign identifying that portion of the highway.

Under Conklin’s legislation, House Bill 1753, the portion of state Route 45 from the intersection of state Route 26 to U.S. Route 322 in Boalsburg would be known as the Hartswick Interchange.

Conklin had no reason to think the Senate wouldn’t pass it.

“You hate to see what has happened to him, but he’s become a local hero,” Conklin said. “Take a young man such as himself and honor him the best you can. We’re honored to be able to do this and wish there was more we can do. He’s an individual who deserves this.”