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Woolridge Road Bridge Named for Army Hero

June 01, 2015
Public Affairs

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Today, at noon, a ceremony to honor the sacrifice of U.S. Army Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli (stow-klee) was held on the Woolridge Road Bridge over the Swift Creek Reservoir. The ceremony marked the official renaming of the bridge to the “Specialist Kyle Pascal Stoeckli Memorial Bridge.” Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors members gathered with Stoeckli’s friends and family to officially unveil the new bridge signs.

Stoeckli, 21, was killed in action in Maiwand, Afghanistan on June 1, 2013. He died from his injuries received in a bomb attack on his unit. He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, 3rd Platoon “Centurion” Company, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Kyle was a special young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” Steve Elswick, chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, said. “Growing up in the Woodlake community, Kyle traveled over this very bridge many times, so I think this is the perfect way to honor him and his service to our nation.”

Stoeckli grew up in Chesterfield County, attended Woolridge Elementary School and graduated from Cosby High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2010 and was serving as an assistant gunner and vehicle commander at the time of his death. While serving in the Army, he received 11 honors including: the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Expert Infantryman and Combat Infantryman badges.

The last bridge named in Chesterfield County was the Triple Nickle Bridge in 1990, named after the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, or "Triple Nickles," who became the nation's first African American parachute infantry test platoon, company and battalion. For more information on their history, visit http://triplenickle.com/history.htm.

Contact Person:  Chris Ruth
Contact Email: RuthC@chesterfield.gov
Contact Phone: (804) 768-7498

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