Honoring the memories of two Philadelphia Highway Patrol officers killed along a 12-mile stretch of I-95 – nearly 30 years apart – Sen. Mike Stack, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Fraternal Order of Police dedicated that part of the interstate as the “Officers O’Hanlon and Lorenzo Memorial Highway.”
Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Charles P. O’Hanlon was killed in 1985 when a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of his unmarked patrol vehicle. He was 40 years old. Brian Lorenzo, also a highway patrol officer, died in 2012 when a drunk driver crashed head-on into his motorcycle. Lorenzo was 48.
“Designating this 12-mile stretch of I-95 as the ‘Officers O’Hanlon and Lorenzo Memorial Highway’ is a fitting tribute to two men who were loved by their families and their fellow officers,” Stack said. “When they died, each man had served about a generation of Philadelphians – and they did it with honor.”
“We will never forget officers O’Hanlon and Lorenzo. They were law enforcement officers and heroic men to their families, friends and communities,” said Mayor Nutter. “Both of these men gave their heart and soul to their jobs and their city, and I’m proud that we can continue to honor them in this fitting way.”
Legislation naming I-95 – from Allegheny Avenue (mile marker 23) to Academy Road (mile marker 35) – as the “Officers O’Hanlon and Lorenzo Memorial Highway” was approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last October.
As directed by House Bill 2460, signs indicating the name of this section of I-95 can be found on the north and southbound sides of the highway.
“Naming this stretch of I-95 … will forever be a testament to them and a reminder that so many of our neighbors go to work every day to protect us,” Stack said. “May they rest in peace and forever live in our happy memories.”
Also participating in ceremony were Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby, F.O.P. Lodge #5 recording secretary Bob Ballentine, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, state police representatives, and the Lorenzo and O’Hanlon families.