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Canonsburg bridge named for fallen police officer

| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Canonsburg Police Chief Alex Coghill presents a plaque to the family of slain police officer Scott L. Bashioum during a ceremony to rename a bridge in Bashioum's memory Nov. 10, 2017. Bashioum was killed a year earlier in an ambush-style shooting when he responded to a domestic violence call.
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Canonsburg Police Chief Alex Coghill presents a plaque to the family of slain police officer Scott L. Bashioum during a ceremony to rename a bridge in Bashioum's memory Nov. 10, 2017. Bashioum was killed a year earlier in an ambush-style shooting when he responded to a domestic violence call.
Canonsburg Police Department posted this photo to Facebook on Tuesday of Officer Scott Bashioum. Bashioum was participating in a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event in October at the Canonsburg Shop 'n Save.
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Canonsburg Police Department posted this photo to Facebook on Tuesday of Officer Scott Bashioum. Bashioum was participating in a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event in October at the Canonsburg Shop 'n Save.
Canonsburg police Officer Scott Bashioum's casket is brought out of the church after the funeral service on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.
Megan Guza | Tribune-Review
Canonsburg police Officer Scott Bashioum's casket is brought out of the church after the funeral service on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

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, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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