Officials to unveil markers for J. Edward Hutchinson Memorial Bypass |

Officials to unveil markers for J. Edward Hutchinson Memorial Bypass

Deb Erdley
Officials to designate a section of highway in memory of J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson, Greensburg’s longest serving fire chief

Greensburg area first responders won’t soon forget legendary fire chief J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson. But just in case, they will have an official section of roadway to remind them of the region’s longest-serving fire chief.

State and local officials will gather at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Building, 241 Tollgate Hill Road, Hempfield, to unveil a pair of signs designating a section of Route 30 from North Greengate Road to East Pittsburgh Street as the J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson Memorial Bypass.

The longtime Greensburg fire chief and community booster died April 15, 2018, at age 96. He was active in the fire service for 78 years and chief for 63 of them.

Known for his salty language and colorful stories as well as his skills as a community organizer, Hutchinson organized aid projects in the face of natural disasters up and down the eastern U.S. and steered various community projects, including the Aerobic Center, the Air Rescue East helicopter service, Mutual Aid Ambulance Service, the fitness center at Greensburg Salem High School and sports fields and various pavilions throughout Greensburg. He helped create the Westmoreland County 911 system in the 1970s and served for years on Excela Westmoreland Hospital’s board of directors.

State Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, who sponsored the bill creating the memorial roadway designation, said it was the least the community could do to recognize Hutchinson’s efforts. She said she will join his family and community leaders for the ceremony unveiling the markers.

The memorial highway designation is the most recent honor to memorialize Hutchinson’s community work. This month, officials at the Greensburg Aerobic Center unveiled a plaque and wall dedicated to Hutchinson.

The Route 30 Hutchinson Bypass joins the Route 66 Greensburg Bypass, a highway originally named for the fire chief’s brother, Amos K. Hutchinson, a late state lawmaker who lobbied for years to have the road built.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.