Canonsburg bridge named for fallen police officer
A bridge leading into Canonsburg was renamed Friday in honor of slain police officer Scott Bashioum.
The renaming of the bridge came one year after Bashioum, 52, was killed in an ambush-style shooting as he responded to a domestic violence call.
“When the community comes together and they show their appreciation and their support, not only for the police department but all the first responders, it's just incredible,” Canonsburg police Chief Alex Coghill said. “It keeps you moving forward.”
Formerly the Central Avenue Bridge, the span is now the Officer Scott L. Bashioum Memorial Bridge.
Bashioum's family, including his wife and four children, attended Friday morning's renaming ceremony.
Bashioum was fatally shot by Michael Cwiklinski shortly after 3:15 a.m. Nov. 10, 2016, while responding to a home on Woodcrest Drive.
He was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound about an hour after he was shot. Another officer, Jimmy Saieva, was injured in the shooting. He has since returned to work.
Cwiklinski also killed his estranged wife, Dalia Sabae, and her unborn child before killing himself.
A bill to name the Canonsburg Post Office on West Pike Street after Bashioum is being considered in Congress .
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.