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  • Cermony will remember 1985 death of Toll Plaza employee

  • The Delaware Memorial Bridge Maintenance Building will be dedicated tomorrow to the only maintenance employee ever killed in the line of duty.
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  • The Delaware Memorial Bridge Maintenance Building will be dedicated tomorrow to the only maintenance employee ever killed in the line of duty.
    The Delaware River and Bay Authority announced Jan. 15 that they would dedicated the main maintenance building at the bridge to James G. Wilson, who was killed in 1985 while performing maintenance duties in the Westbound Toll Plaza.
    The building will be named "The James G. Wilson Maintenance Building."
    The decision to rename the building was made unanimously in December by the River and Bay Authority Commission to recognize the service and contributions Wilson made during his tenure before his tragic death.
    The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Maintenance Area at the junction of Interstate 295 and U.S. Route 9 in New Castle in the main maintenance building.
    Wilson was hired March 2, 1981 as a maintenance employee, and transferred to be a toll collected three months later.
    On Oct. 22, 1984, Wilson transferred back to maintenance so that he could attend college at night.
    He died April 17, 1985 while cleaning Toll Booth 8 at the bridge's westbound toll plaza when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.

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