Peshtigo bridge named for fallen Wisconsin soldier

A new highway bridge in Peshtigo carries the name of a young soldier from the area killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Pfc. Steven Drees, of Peshtigo, had only been in Afghanistan for a few weeks when he was injured in a June 2009 attack. The 19-year-old died a few days later.

WLUK-TV in Green Bay reported Sunday that community members petitioned local lawmakers to name the new bridge across Highway 41 in honor of Drees. His parents were on hand Saturday for a dedication. They’ve started a foundation in his name that has sent more than 7,000 care packages to soldiers overseas.

Other Wisconsin bridges have been named in honor of U.S. soldiers killed serving abroad.