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Bridge renamed for Ellabell man

Cpl. Rick Hall Memorial Bridge spans I-16 near his home

POSTED: December 14, 2017 6:00 p.m.
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As family members look on, Ann Purcell, vice chairwoman of the Georgia Department of Transportation, and state Rep. Jan Tankersly, R-Brooklet, unveil a copy of the sign marking the renaming of the I-16 overpass at Highway 280 to Cpl. Rick Hall Memorial Bridge.

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Drivers on Highway 280 may have recently noticed a new sign on the I-16 overpass bridge.

The Georgia General Assembly approved the name change in March of this year to honor the late Cpl. Rick Hall of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, "Corporal Rick Hall Memorial Bridge."

The sign was put up Tuesday. A copy was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Pembroke City Council on Monday evening. A sign like those placed on the bridge was presented to Hall’s family members by Ann Purcell, vice chair of the Georgia Department of Transportation, and State Rep. Jan Tankersley, R-Brooklet.

Hall died in 2015, in a two-vehicle crash not far from the bridge now bearing his name.

At the time of his death, Hall was still considered on-duty as he was returning to his home in Ellabell. Hall was an internal affairs investigator with the sheriff’s office for two years, after serving as a deputy for 14 years.

Purcell spoke of Hall’s dedication to his job and the communities in which he lived and worked.

"Corporal Hall was one of those individuals that was always on the job, doing what he needed to do for each and every one of us," Purcell said. "He was certainly involved with his family, his friends, as well as the community, whether it be Bryan or whether it be Chatham County. So, we’re honored to be able to remember him in such a dignified manner."

Tankersley spearheaded House Resolution 25 in the General Assembly to name the bridge in Hall’s honor.

"It’s an honor for this community and our great state to honor Cpl. Rick Hall with this memorial bridge dedication in the town that he called his home and at the site of his end of watch," Tankersley said.

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