Philip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge
|Phillip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge|
Bridge during the President's Day Storm of 2003.
|Official name||Phillip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Fahy Bridge
New Street Bridge
|Carries||4 lanes of New Street, 2 sidewalks|
|Locale||Bethlehem (Center City) to Bethlehem (South Side)|
On August 29, 1969, Officer Fahy and his partner Officer Merle Getz were on patrol when they attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a Bebley Wells. After pursuing the vehicle to an area off the Williams St. Ext. Wells exited his vehicle and immediately fired a shotgun at Officer Fahy mortally wounding him. Officer Getz was able to return fire striking Wells several times. Wells was later tried and convicted for the murder of Officer Fahy and died serving a life term for 1st degree murder in the Pennsylvania State Prison System in 2004. A bridge that spans the Lehigh River was named the Phillip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge in Officer Fahy’s honor.