Simmons Bill Naming a Lehigh County Highway in Honor of Fallen Police Officer Now Law
HARRISBURG – A bill naming a section of highway in memory of a fallen police officer from Lehigh County, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf as Act 90 of 2016.

The new law designates the intersection of State Route 309 and Passer Road in Upper Saucon Township as the “Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Highway,” and directs the Department of Transportation to install signs displaying the name of the highway to traffic in both directions.

“By naming the intersection in honor of Officer Petzold, we will forever be reminded of his dedication to his job and the community he loved,” said Simmons. “It was my privilege to sponsor the legislation that made the designation possible.”

Petzold, 32, was struck and killed in that area by an oncoming vehicle in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2006, as he removed a deer carcass from the roadway that was causing a traffic hazard.

David Petzold joined the Upper Saucon Township police force in 1996. He served five years as a patrol officer before becoming the township’s first detective in 2001. While assigned as a detective, Petzold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in criminal justice from DeSales University.

That led Petzold to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2005, where he served as a special agent. However, the next year he returned to the township police department after tiring of the long commute to the FBI’s office in Newark, N.J.

Petzold left behind his wife, Jessica, and three children, Sarah, Samantha and Jonathan.

Simmons plans to hold a sign dedication ceremony at the site in the near future.

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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