Mechanicsville bridge named in honor of Lt. Brad Clark

Hanover County

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A bridge in Mechanicsville will be dedicated to fallen Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark, who was killed last October while responding to a crash on Interstate 295 during Tropical Storm Michael. 

Dozens of people, including his family and colleagues, came to pay tribute to the Lt. Bradford T. Clark Bridge on Friday. The bridge is directly over I-295 in Clark’s hometown of Mechanicsville.

Lt. Clark’s loved ones say the bridge will share his memory with tens of thousands of people that will drive on it every day.

“In memory of Lt. Clark’s dedication to his calling, his service to the citizens of Hanover County, and our everlasting reminder of the sacrifice he made to keep us all safe,” said W. Canova Peterson, the Chairman of the Mechanicsville Board of Supervisors. 

Lt. Clark’s widow spoke on Friday about her husband’s memory and the effort to prevent similar crashes from occurring in the future. 

“We can’t bring Brad back from the incident that took his life on Oct 11, but we must do everything possible to keep these tragedies from taking place against those who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours,” Melanie Clark said.

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