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President Richard Nixon, right, awards the Medal of Honor to Trenton native Fred Zabitosky

Gusciora wants bridge named after Medal of Honor recipient

By David Wildstein, May 28 2018 7:45 pm

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Trenton) wants to name the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge after the only Medal of Honor recipient from Trenton, Fred Zabitosky.

Gusciora, one of the two candidates for mayor of Trenton in the June 12 runoff, says he will introduce a resolution in the State Assembly to rename the bridge.

“Sergeant Zabitosky’s actions have always had me in awe. Trenton should be honoring this man and putting his name on the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge would be a great start,” Gusciora said. “200 years after Washington crossed into Trenton to swing the tide of the Revolutionary War; the New Jersey capitol is still in the headlines of our nation’s military history.”

Zabitosky served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant with the 5th Special Forces Group during the Vietnam War.  On February 19, 1967, the 26-year-old Zabitosky was on a reconnaissance mission in Laos when his unit came under heavy fire.  He led the defense until the arrival of rescue helicopters; when one of the helicopters sent to extract him crashed, Zabitosky ignored his own injuries and saved the helicopter pilot.

Zabitosky died in 1996 at the age of 53.

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