HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Friday a bill renaming a portion of Route 422 in honor of Deputy Kyle Pagerly.
Pagerly, a member of the Berks County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty one year ago Friday, June 29, 2011.
"It is fitting for this bill to be signed into law today," said Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks Co., who introduced the measure in the House. "One year ago, Berks County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania lost a true hero. Today, we ensure that hero's memory will never be forgotten."
The bill was unanimously approved by the House in March and unanimously approved by the Senate on June 26.
The new law will designate Route 422 from its intersection with Route 724 in Sinking Spring to the west end of Robesonia as the "Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Highway."
"This new law is less about remembering how Deputy Pagerly died and more about remembering how he lived," said Pa. Rep. Mark Gillen, one of the bill's co-sponsors. "Kyle Pagerly led a life full of service to others. That service deserves to be remembered."
Pagerly was attempting to issue a search warrant in Albany Township when he was shot and killed. His K-9 partner, Jynx, pulled Pagerly to safety and was credited with saving the lives of his fellow law enforcement officers that night. The suspect was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.
Pagerly was a U.S. Army Military Police veteran who served in Kosovo and Iraq. He also was a volunteer lieutenant with the Spring Township Fire Department and worked for the Western Berks Regional Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Task Force.
Pagerly is survived by his widow, Alecia, and his daughter, Savannah, who was born in January, more than six months after his death.
"This road will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifices Kyle Pagerly made for all of us," Cox said. "My hope is that, when people see a road sign with Deputy Pagerly's name on it, they will remember the courage, honor and character he exemplified."
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